Los Angeles Lakers: Kobe Bryant’s best game against every team in NBA

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Kobe Bryant’s best game against the Atlanta Hawks – 41 points in 2009

Back in 2009, the Atlanta Hawks were one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference and ended up winning over 50 games that season. However, they ran into the best team and best player in the league early in the season when they played the Lakers and Kobe Bryant on November 1st, 2009.

Kobe had a game-high 41 points which was the most he had ever scored in the 29 games he played against the Atlanta Hawks. He also put up five steals, eight rebounds, and three assists, and was a +12, while shooting better than 50 percent from the floor.

Because they were never really a title contender in his career and they resided in the Eastern Conference, Kobe never really played in any high stakes games against the Hawks in his career. That made it easy to say that his highest-scoring output was his best game against them.

This game was special because of how committed he was to both ends of the floor in the middle of his prime. The 41 points grab the headlines for this performance, but his five steals are a testament to how smart he was on defense.