Kobe Bryant scored 61 points to set a record at the Madison Square Garden in Los Angeles Lakers’ 126-117 convincing win over the New York Knicks. Bryant scored on 19 of his 31 shots and did not miss any of the 20 foul shots.
“When he came to the bench in the second quarter, he kind of had this dazed look on his face,” teammate Lamar Odom said. “Some call it the zone. He was just in another world. I don’t think it probably mattered what shot he took or how he took it. It probably would’ve went in.”
The League’s reigning MVP looked exceptional during what is now said to be as his ‘New York moment’. He broke the record of Bernard King who scored 60 points during Knicks’ 1984 Christmas win over New Jersey. Michael Jordan is also one of the high-scoring players in MSG, with 55 points for Chicago in 1995.
Scores of Lakers’ fans shouted ‘MVP’ when Bryant scored the last record-breaking free shots and the man left the floor to a standing ovation.
Kobe proved to be very instrumental in Lakers win, especially when they lost center Andrew Bynum to an injury.
“I’ve never had a night like that,” said Heat guard Dwyane Wade. “You could tell, just watching the highlights, he had a pep in his step and he was on a mission. I mean, 61 points, that’s Kobe — that’s all you can say.”