TDIKH: December 31

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Dec. 31, 2006
28 years, 130 days

Kobe Bryant rung in the New Year by doing it all for the Lakers, leading his team in scoring, rebounds and assists in a 104-94 win over Philadelphia.

While no other Laker scored more than a dozen points, Bryant racked up 35 by shooting 15-of-22. He also grabbed eight rebounds and dished out six assists in the 2006 finale.

The Lakers trailed by one late in the first half, but Bryant engineered an 11-2 run just before intermission, and the Lakers never fell behind again.

“That’s when great players come into effect: when their team needs them,” Philadelphia’s Andre Iguodala told reporters. “He made some tough shots and got it going.”Bryant was even more brilliant in the third, pouring in 20 points while missing just one of his nine shots.

The Lakers exited the quarter with a 15-point lead.

With Chris Webber (bruised foot) out, Kyle Korver stepped up for the 76ers by scoring 29 off the bench with a 10-of-18 clip that included five 3-pointers. But not much else was going offensively for Philadelphia, which shot just 39.5 percent.

Kobe performances on this day in history:

DATE OPP MIN FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA FT FTA REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
12/31/06 PHI 38:29 15 22 68% 3 6 2 2 8 6 1 0 2 1 35
12/31/10 PHI 35:02 13 24 54% 1 3 6 8 4 2 2 0 4 1 33
12/31/11 DEN 33:26 6 18 33% 0 5 5 6 10 9 1 0 4 1 17

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