TDIKH: December 28

Official Lakers Release

Dec. 28, 2004
26 years, 127 days

Forty-eight points later, it was clear that it would take more than a sprained shoulder to slow down Kobe Bryant.

After falling on a layup attempt in the first quarter, Bryant went to the locker room for treatment. He returned to shoot 14-of-26 from the field and 16-of-18 at the line in the Lakers’ 117-99 victory over Toronto.

“There were certain things that I could not do with it, but I could still raise my arm up and still move it from side to side,” Bryant told the media. “Some of the movements I couldn’t do — like tying my shoe — were not really important.”

Bryant scored 25 in the first half alone, but he saved his best for the fourth quarter.His team trailing by six with 8:15 left, Bryant engineered a 32-8 game-ending run in which he provided 17 points. The Lakers also featured stellar defense, as the Raptors missed 10 of their last 11 shots in the final 6:30.

The Lakers finished with crucial advantages in free throws (30-13) and 3-pointers (13-6), while Lamar Odom pitched in 15 points and 13 rebounds in the purple and gold’s sixth straight win over Toronto.

Kobe performances on this day in history:

DATE OPP MIN FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA FT FTA REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
12/28/97 BOS 26:00 5 11 46% 0 2 7 10 0 1 2 1 2 4 17
12/28/00 PHO 33:00 12 19 63% 3 3 11 11 5 1 3 0 1 2 38
12/28/01 TOR 40:00 9 24 38% 2 3 6 9 8 6 1 0 5 1 26
12/28/02 DEN 35:00 15 26 58% 2 4 7 7 6 6 2 0 4 3 39
12/28/03 BOS 36:00 5 18 28% 1 6 0 0 5 6 2 0 6 2 11
12/28/04 TOR 46:00 14 26 54% 4 7 16 18 2 4 2 0 5 2 48
12/28/05 MEM 46:35 13 37 35% 4 8 15 19 7 4 2 1 2 5 45
12/28/07 UTA 29:26 11 18 61% 6 9 3 4 4 7 4 0 5 3 31
12/28/08 GSW 31:44 9 15 60% 3 6 10 10 3 4 4 0 2 2 31
12/28/09 PHO 36:10 14 26 54% 1 5 5 6 3 4 4 0 1 0 34
12/28/10 SAS 30:54 8 27 30% 3 7 2 2 5 1 1 0 5 2 21
12/28/12 POR 30:40 9 18 50% 1 6 8 11 5 4 2 0 1 3 27
12/28/14 PHO 32:12 4 10 40% 1 3 1 1 8 7 2 0 5 1 10

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