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

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Kobe Bryant’s best game against the Denver Nuggets – Game 2 of the 2008 playoffs

Anytime someone gets close to 50 points in an NBA game it is a very notable performance, but when it happens in the playoffs it is extra special. In Game 2 of the first round of the 2008 playoffs, Kobe was one point away from his first 50 point scoring outburst in the playoffs.

Kobe even had 10 assists to go along with his 49 points in one of the most dominant offensive performances in playoff history. This game also gave us one of the best Mamba photos of his career as he celebrated a made 3-pointer.

This was Kobe at the peak of his powers in the playoffs dominating a formidable Western Conference opponent that had two Hall of Fame players on the roster. Both Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony were lethal scorers in their own right, but they were both in awe of Bryant’s greatness on this night.

The Lakers ended up winning the game 122 to 107 and made a statement that they were a force to be reckoned with in the Western Conference playoffs that year. This game was Kobe’s second-highest scoring total ever against Denver, and since it came in the playoffs it was an easy call to be his best game against the franchise.