Through three quarters of L.A.’s Game 2 win against New Orleans, Kobe Bryant had taken only seven shots, making two, for five of L.A.’s 63 points, content instead to facilitate the offense while getting his team’s bigs involved and focusing defensively on Chris Paul.
Not that he was paying any attention, but Bryant was in danger of snapping his playoff double-figure scoring streak of 150 games, second only to Michael Jordan’s 179. But with six fourth quarter points, Bryant kept his streak alive despite his lowest scoring output of the 151 contests, which began back in Game 6 of the 2000 NBA Finals against Indiana.
In other Bryant and Jordan news: Kobe’s 34 points in Game 1 against the Hornets was his 79th career playoff game with 30+ points, which also ranks second all time to Jordan’s 109 games.
During last season’s run to a second straight championship, Bryant scored at least 30 points 14 times, allowing him to surpass Jerry West (74) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (75) for second on the chart. He’d previously surpassed Elgin Baylor (60) and Shaquille O’Neal (55).
Career Playoff Scoring Stats
Kobe Bryant: 200 games, 180 starts, 5,097 points, 25.5 ppg
Michael Jordan: 179 games, 179 starts, 5,987 points, 33.4 ppg