Kobe Bryant Has Historically Bad Night in Lakers' Win over Suns

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Kobe Bryant Has Historically Bad Night in Lakers' Win over Suns

The Los Angeles Lakers held on for a 91-85 win over the Phoenix Suns Tuesday night, despite a particularly dreadful performance from superstar Kobe Bryant.

His final scoring line ventured into dark, uncharted waters:

The Lakers squandered all of a nine-point halftime advantage, and then some, during a disastrous, nine-point third quarter. But the Suns nearly matched their ineptitude with just 14 points over the game's final 12 minutes.

It was certainly a sight to behold. Or, perhaps, one best to avoid:

On the potentially positive side, Bryant finished the night with more assists (nine) than field-goal attempts (eight). But that's exactly where the (somewhat) positives stopped.

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Bryant's one field goal was the lowest total of his career in games where he's played at least 30 minutes.

He did not attempt a field goal through the game's first two quarters, and if not for a late-game bucket, Kobe could have finished the night with his first zero field-goal performance of the season:

As it were, Bryant finished with his fewest field goals made since the 2004-05 season. But he had an excuse for that performance:

His shot chart read more like a Stephen King horror novel:

While the Lakers improved to 12-3 in games where Bryant leads the team in assists, a pass-happy (pass-obsessed, even) "Mamba" left the Lakers offense looking even more disjointed than they had at any point in this disastrous season.

Dwight Howard (8-of-15) and Steve Blake (2-of-2) were the only Lakers to shoot above 50 percent from the field.

Bryant essentially cancelled out his assists with eight turnovers, and his determination to distribute nearly resulted in yet another disappointing finish for the Lakers:

Thanks to an encouraging performance from Dwight Howard (19 points and 18 rebounds) and 47 combined points from Metta World Peace, Antawn Jamison and Earl Clark, the Lakers maintained their  3.5-game gap behind the No. 8 seed Houston Rockets.

Needless to say, if the Lakers hope to realize their dwindling playoff hopes, they can ill afford any repeat performances from Bryant.

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