NBA Scoring Records: The Kobe Bryant 51 Gun Salute

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NBA Scoring Records: The Kobe Bryant 51 Gun Salute
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The scoring record for most points in a game is held by Wilt Chamberlain with 100 points!

The scoring record for most points ever in a playoff game is 63 points by Michael Jordan.

The record for most career games where a player takes over 10 shots and shoots under 30% is held by Kobe Bryant.

Bryant has actually recorded 100 games in his career where he shot under 30% from the field but in 75 of these games, he kept gunning to take double digit amounts of shots while still shooting under 30%.

In this article, we give a 51 gun (ner) salute, through showcasing 51 of the 75 times so far in Bryant's career where he has shot under 30% and took double digit shots anyway.

This list goes in chronological order and shows games from each and every season of Bryant's career, including his latest effort in the home loss against SA on Feb. 4 where he shot 5/18 for 28%.

#51 - 2/4/97 @ LAC - 20% - 2/10 - 23 minutes, zero assists in a Lakers loss.

#50 - 5/12/97 first round playoffs game 5 @ Utah - 29% - 4/14 and 0/6 from threes in the game that lost the series for the Lakers.

#49 - 3/18/98 vs Phoenix - 10% - 1/10 and 0/3 from threes - 28 minutes in a Lakers win.

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#48 - 4/5/98 @ Det - 18% - 2/11 and 0/4 from threes - 27 minutes, one assist in a Lakers win.

#47 - 2/23/99 @ Vancouver - 24% - 5/21 and 0/6 from threes - 35 minutes two assists in a loss.

#46 - 4/26/99 @ Hou - 21% - 3/14 - 35 minutes two assists in a Lakers loss.

#45 - 5/13/99 first round game 3 @ Hou - 29% - 5/17 and 1/4 threes in a Lakers loss.

#44 - 1/7/00 vs Char - 26% - 5/19 and 1/4 threes and four assists in a Lakers loss.

#43 - 1/30/00 @ Hou - 27% - 6/22 - 41 minutes and five assists in a Lakers loss.

#42 - 3/16/00 @ Wash - 20% - 2/10 in 33 minutes for a Lakers loss.

#41 - 6/16/00 game four NBA Finals @ Ind - 20% - 4/20 - three assists in 37 minutes in a Lakers loss.

#40 - 6/19/00 game five NBA Finals vs Ind - 29% - 8/27 - four assists in 45 minutes - Lakers won the NBA title on this day.

#39 - 12/12/00 vs Milw - 26% - 8/31 in 41 minutes in a Lakers loss.

#38 - 1/23/01 @ Sea - 26% - 5/19 in 43 minutes in a Lakers loss.

#37 - 3/10/02 @ Dall - 22% - 4/18 in 35 minutes in a Lakers loss.

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#36 - 4/5/02 @ Bost - 20% - 5/25 - 38 minutes and two assists in a Lakers loss.

#35 - 5/2002 round one game two vs Portland - 24% - 5/21 and five assists in a Lakers win.

#34 - 12/19/02 @ NJ - 28% - 8/29 - 43 minutes five assists in team loss.

#33 - 1/17/03 @ Hou - 24% - 5/21 - an overtime game where Bryant played 49 minutes and Lakers lost.

#32 - 4/27/03 first round game four vs Minnesota - 27% - 7/25 and 5 assists in a win.

#31 - 12/12/03 vs Dallas - 23% - 4/18 and 0/3 from threes - 41 minutes six assists in a Lakers loss.

#30 - 12/28/03 vs Bost - 24% - 5/18 and 1/6 threes - 36 minutes

#29 - 4/6/04 vs Portland - 22% - 5/23 and 0/6 from threes - 43 minutes in a team loss

#28 - 4/17/04 Game one round one vs Hou - 21% - 4/19 and four assists in 34 minutes in a Lakers loss

#27 - 11/10/04 @ Memphis - 21% - 4/19 and four assists in a Lakers loss.

#26 - 12/12/04 vs Orl - 23% - 6/23 - 41 minutes in a Lakers win

#25 - 12/20/04 vs Memphis - 13% - 2/16 and 0/6 from threes - 44 minutes in a Lakers loss

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#24 - 3/4/05 @ Wash - 28% - 6/22 - 41 minutes in a Lakers loss

#23 - 11/11/05 @ Phi - 26% - 7/22 in a Lakers loss.

#22 - 11/29/05 @ SA - 27% - 9/33 and 0/6 from threes - zero assists in Lakers loss.

#21 - 2/7/06 @ Dall - 23% - 5/22 - 42 minutes and four assists in a Lakers loss

#20 - 3/12/06 vs Sea - 28% - 8/29 and 2/13 from threes - 43 minutes in a Lakers loss

#19 - 2/2/07 @ Ind - 28% - 7/25 - 40 minutes and four assists in a Lakers loss.

#18 - 3/27/07 vs Memphis - 27% - 7/26 - 44 minutes in a Lakers loss.

#17 - 4/17/07 @ Hou - 27% - 7/26 and 1/6 threes - 42 minutes four assists

#16 - 12/14/07 @ GS - 26% - 6/23 and 0/6 threes in 36 minutes in a Lakers loss.

#15 - 12/30/07 vs Bost - 24% - 6/25 and 0/6 threes - three assists in a Lakers loss.

#14 - 3/30/08 vs Wash - 29% - 7/24 and 0/3 from threes - 47 minutes in a team win.

#13 - 4/15/08 vs Sac - 26% - 3/13 and 1/5 threes - five assists in a Lakers win

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#12 - 4/23/09 round one vs Utah - 21% - 5/24 - 43 minutes in a Lakers loss

#11 - 11/15/09 vs Hou - 25% - 5/20 and 0/3 threes - 38 minutes three assists in a Lakers loss

#10 - 12/12/09 @ Utah - 29% - 7/24 and 1/9 threes - 37 minutes in a Lakers loss

#09 - 1/10/10 vs Milw - 19% - 4/21 - 28 minutes and one assist in a Lakers win.

#08 - 1/18/10 vs Orl - 21% - 4/19 - 44 minutes in a Lakers win

#07 - 2/3/10 vs Char - 17% - 2/12 and 1/5 from threes - 37 minutes and five total points in a Lakers win

#06 - 2/28/10 vs Denver - 18% - 3/17 - 43 minutes in a Lakers win

#05 - 4/2/10 vs Utah - 22% - 5/23 and 0/4 from threes - 37 minutes and three assists in a team win

#04 - 6/17/10 game seven NBA Finals vs Boston - 25% - 6/24 and 0/6 threes - Lakers won title

#03 - 11/19/10 @ Minn - 29% - 8/27 - 31 minutes and two assists in a Lakers win

#02 - 12/28/10 @ SA - 29% - 8/27 - one assist in a Lakers loss

#01 - 2/4/11 vs SA - 28% - 5/18 and 0/3 threes - in a Lakers loss

There is your Bryant 51 gun(ner) salute.

Sometimes games are swept under the carpet by the public, but one day you have to lift up the mat and see reality: not all records are good records.  

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