Even in his 17th season in the league, Kobe Bryant experienced one of his most efficient and productive years to date. A large part of that was Bryant’s ability in getting to the rim and finishing.
As Lakers.com’s Mike Trudell noted last week, his success rate at the rim was his highest since 2007. Even his overall shooting percentage was at its highest since the 2008-09 season.
For a stretch out of the All-Star break, Bryant continued to perform at an extremely high offensive level, most notably in the second halves of games. He led the Lakers to five wins in six contests, the victory against Atlanta in early March putting the club at the .500 mark for the first time since Nov. 18, 2012.
Below are short recaps and shot charts of Bryant’s production in the second halves of games:
2/22 vs. POR: Bryant scores 29 of his 40 points in the second half (10 for 14 field goals), guiding the Lakers to a 111-107 win.
2/24 @DAL: Bryant scores 22 of his 38 points in the second half (9 for 11 field goals), including 14 in the fourth quarter (5 for 5 field goals) to lead the Lakers to a 103-99 victory – their third straight win out of the break.
2/25 @DEN: Bryant records 18 points in the second half (7 for 10 field goals), to finish with 29 points, but the Lakers fall short in Denver, losing 119-108.
2/28 vs. MIN: Bryant sits out the entire fourth, but notches 11 points in the third quarter (4 for 7 field goals, 3 for 5 three-pointers) to bring his total to 33 points on the evening, as the Lakers move to within one game of the .500 mark with a 116-94 victory over the Timberwolves.
3/3 vs. ATL: Bryant scores 20 of his 34 points in the second half (7 for 16 field goals), and the Lakers survive a late rally by the Hawks to win 99-98.
Over this five-game stretch, Bryant shot a combined 37 of 58 from the floor (63.8 percent), including 5 of 9 three-pointers (55.6 percent). Below is a further breakdown:
- Restricted area: 12 of 16 (75 percent)
- In the Paint (non-restricted area): 8 of 12 (66.7 percent)
- Mid-range: 12 of 21 (57.1 percent)
- Right corner three-pointer: 0 of 1 (0 percent)
- Left corner three-pointer: N/A
- Above the break three-pointer: 5 of 8 (62.5 percent)
*All information used is courtesy of NBA.com/stats.