Kobe Bryant Sets MSG Scoring Record

Last night Knicks fans witnessed history. No, it wasn't anything done by the Knicks. This time the opposition made history. Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers scored 61 points in the win over the Knicks. The 61 points was the most scored EVER by a player in Madison Square Garden. Kobe's 61 surpasses the previous record of 60 by Bernard King on Christmas Day in 1984. Kobe also passed Michael Jordan's 55 points which was the most ever by an opposing player.

The Lakers won 126-117. Bryant was 19-31 from the field and 20-20 at the line. Remarkable. The crowd at MSG went from booing Bryant to chanting MVP at the end of his record setting performance. New Yorkers know a good show when they see one and believe me they haven't seen one in awhile with the Knicks.
"It's a blessing to do what you love and to have moments like this," Bryant said.

Last night marked the the 24th 50-point game of his career. The Lakers were short handed because their big man Andrew Bynum was out due to injury. Kobe knew going into the game he had to pick up the slack, something he did just fine.
"He was on fire from the start and finished the game almost the same way," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "That was a remarkable performance."

I couldn't agree more. Next up for the Knicks: Lebron James and the Cavs. Can Lebron duplicate Kobe's record performance just two nights later? That'll be interesting to watch.
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