Ranking Kobe Bryant's Scoring Streak with Most Insane Feats in NBA This Season

Maxwell Ogden@MaxwellOgdenCorrespondent IIIDecember 30, 2012

Ranking Kobe Bryant's Scoring Streak with Most Insane Feats in NBA This Season

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    From Dec. 2 to Dec. 26, 34-year-old Kobe Bryant scored at least 30 points in 10 consecutive games. The game which broke his streak saw Bryant score 27 points on 9-of-18 shooting during a blowout of the Portland Trail Blazers.

    So, where does Kobe's scoring streak rank with the most impressive feats of the 2012-13 NBA season?

    Bryant is not alone in performing brilliantly, as more than a handful of players have made history in 2012-13. From improbable winning streaks to individual games worth marveling at, it seems as if we've been blown away on a nightly basis.

    Fortunately for those NBA diehards, B/R has ranked the top 10 feats of the 2012-13 NBA season.

10. LeBron James: 254 Game Minutes Without Committing a Personal Foul

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    Position: Forward

    Age: 27

    Experience: 10th season

    2012-13 Season Averages

    30.13 PER, 25.9 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 6.9 APG, 1.6 SPG

    In one of the most bizarre streaks in NBA history, LeBron James went six games without committing a personal foul. According to ESPN's Heat Index, the streak lasted 254 minutes and seven seconds of game action.

    James had last committed foul at the 2:30 mark of the first quarter against the New Orleans Hornets. A game that was played on Dec. 8. The next time he was whistled for a personal came at the 7:57 mark of the first quarter during a game against Oklahoma City. On Dec. 25.

    LeBron averaged 37.3 minutes per game during that span.

    Whether you chalk this up to preferential treatment or intelligent defense, one thing is perfectly clear: This is the type of streak we may never see again.

9. Jamal Crawford: 58 Consecutive Free Throws Made

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    Position: Guard

    Age: 32

    Experience: 13th season

    2012-13 Season Averages

    17.42 PER, 16.4 PPG, 2.6 APG, 1.8 RPG, 1.1 SPG, 89.8% FT

    On Nov. 3, 2012, Jamal Crawford missed two consecutive free throws with 5:30 remaining in the fourth quarter.

    He wouldn't miss another until Dec. 9.

    For those interested in how many consecutive free throws Crawford sank, that number would be 58. 58 straight free-throw attempts without a miss.

    Shockingly, Crawford fell 39 short of the record.

    Michael Williams of the Minnesota Timberwolves once hit 97 consecutive free throws. He started on March 24, 1993, and ended it Nov. 9 of the same year. Even still, one can't help but marvel at Crawford's consistency. A streak that every player should strive to match.

8. Larry Sanders: Points-Rebounds-Blocks Triple-Double

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    Position: Center

    Age: 24

    Experience: Third season

    2012-13 Season Averages

    17.85 PER, 24.6 MPG, 7.9 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 3.0 BPG, 0.9 SPG

    On Nov. 30, Milwaukee Bucks big man Larry Sanders completed a triple-double with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks.

    Sanders became the first player in Bucks history to record this form of a triple-double since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He also tied Abdul-Jabbar's single-game block record, which was set in 1973.

    If this feat doesn't impress you, what will?

    For the season, Sanders is averaging 7.9 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in just 24.6 minutes per game. He has 14 games with at least three blocks and six with at least five.

    None were as impressive as this one, though, as Sanders carved his name into the record books.

7. Anderson Varejao: 10 Consecutive Games with 15-Plus Rebounds

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    Position: Center

    Age: 30

    Experience: Ninth season

    2012-13 Season Averages

    22.23 PER, 14.1 PPG, 14.4 RPG, 3.4 APG, 1.5 SPG

    From Nov. 18 to Dec. 5, Anderson Varejao recorded at least 15 rebounds in 10 consecutive games.

    Varejao presently leads the league in rebounding at 14.4 boards per game. He's topped 15 rebounds in 15 separate games in 2012-13.

    As for his streak, he is in rare company.

    Varejao is the first player since Kevin Love in 2010 to grab 15 boards in 10 consecutive games. Love did it from Nov. 22, 2010, to Dec. 11, 2010.

    The last player to grab 15-plus rebounds in more than 10 consecutive games was Ben Wallace in 2003.

    Big Ben grabbed 15 in 14 consecutive games, spanning from March 9, 2003, to April 4, 2003.

    Rare company for Varejao.

6. Joakim Noah: 6th Center Since '86 with Multiple Pts-Rebs-Asts Triple-Doubles

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    Position: Center

    Age: 27

    Experience: Sixth season

    2012-13 Season Averages

    17.99 PER, 13.3 PPG, 10.6 RPG, 4.4 APG, 2.1 BPG, 1.4 SPG

    On Dec. 18, 2012, Joakim Noah posted 11 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists against the Boston Celtics. That marked his second career triple-double, both of which came with at least 10 assists.

    In turn, Noah became the second Bulls center ever with a triple-double. He became the first with at least two points-rebounds-assists triple-doubles.

    In terms of how rare the achievement was, Noah is one of six centers since 1985-86 to achieve said feat.

    Joining him in that respect are Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson, Vlade Divac, Brad Daugherty and Brad Miller.

    When you're mentioned in the same breath as "The Dream" and "The Admiral," you know you're doing something right.

    One can only hope that Noah receives an All-Star selection to pay respect to his marvelous season.

5. LeBron James: 32 Consecutive Games with 20-plus Points

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    Position: Forward

    Age: 27

    Experience: 10th season

    2012-13 Season Averages

    30.13 PER, 25.9 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 6.9 APG, 1.6 SPG

    LeBron James makes his second appearance on this list with a whopping 32 consecutive games in which he's scored at least 20 points.

    The last time James failed to reach the 20-point plateau was April 13, 2012. That was during the 2011-12 NBA regular season.

    In other words, James has topped 20 points in all 27 regular-season games in 2012-13.

    As for how close LeBron is to the all-time record, he isn't. As you'll see with a majority of the NBA's all-time records, Wilt Chamberlain posted a seemingly unattainable number.

    Chamberlain had 126 consecutive games with at least 20 points from Oct. 19, 1961, to January 19, 1963.

    Even still, this is one heck of a feat by King James.

4. Zach Randolph: 4th Player Ever with 38 Points, 22 Rebounds, 3 Blocks

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    Position: Power Forward

    Age: 31

    Experience: 12th season

    2012-13 Season Averages

    20.48 PER, 17.1 PPG, 12.6 RPG, 1.2 APG, 0.9 SPG

    On Dec. 4, 2012, Zach Randolph became the fourth player in NBA history to post 38 points, 22 rebounds and three blocks in a single game.

    It was the fifth time in league history a player had achieved the feat.

    Joining Randolph in said respect are Hakeem Olajwuon, Patrick Ewing and Joe Barry Carroll. Ewing tallied said numbers on two separate occasions.

    On top of this extraordinary performance, Randolph also had a stretch of 12 games in which he recorded a double-double. That was the longest streak by any player since Kevin Love in 2011-12.

    This is why Randolph is an MVP candidate.

3. Kobe Bryant: Oldest in NBA History with 10 Straight Games of 30-plus Points

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    Position: Shooting Guard

    Age: 34

    Experience: 17th season

    2012-13 Season Averages

    25.73 PER, 30.1 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 4.9 APG, 1.5 SPG

    From Dec. 7 to Dec. 26, Kobe Bryant scored at least 30 points in 10 consecutive games.

    According to Mike Trudell of Lakers.com, Kobe is the oldest player in NBA history to have at least 30 in 10 consecutive games. Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar come in second at five.

    Any time you top MJ and Kareem at something, you've done a darn impressive job.

    The streak was the longest since Amar'e Stoudemire scored 30 or more in nine consecutive games From Nov. 28, 2010, to Dec. 15, 2010.

    The last player to top Kobe's streak was Bryant himself. He had 16 consecutive games with 30 points from Jan. 29, 2003, to Feb. 28, 2003.

    As for how Kobe's streak stacks up against past legends, don't hold your breath.

    Wilt Chamberlain had 55 consecutive games with 30-plus points from Nov. 4, 1961, to Feb. 22, 1962.

    Chamberlain was also 26 years old and 7'1".

    Pay Kobe the respect he deserves, folks. It was a rare feat regardless of age, but you may never see a player at 34 achieve this again.

    If you do, it'll probably be Kobe.

2. Rajon Rondo: 37 Consecutive Games with 10-plus Assists

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    Position: Point Guard

    Age: 26

    Experience: Seventh season

    2012-13 Season Averages

    19.62 PER, 13.6 PPG, 11.7 APG, 5.1 RPG, 2.0 SPG

    From March 11 to Nov. 28, Rajon Rondo recorded 37 consecutive games with at least 10 assists. He fell just nine short of Magic Johnson's NBA record of 46 consecutive games with 10-plus dimes.

    To put this into perspective, the last time a player dished out 10 assists in 15 consecutive games was 1995. The legendary John Stockton achieved said feat.

    Rondo reached 37.

    This streak began during the 2011-12 NBA regular season. The fact that Rondo could go through an entire offseason and come back with the same hunger and focus only strengthens the power of this legendary achievement.

    A streak for the ages, folks. One that may not be matched for a very long time.

1. Los Angeles Clippers: 16-Game Winning Streak

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    Winning Streak: 16 Games

    Most Recent Loss: Nov. 26, 2012

    Season Record: 24-6

    After losing 105-98 to the New Orleans Hornets on Nov. 26, the Los Angeles Clippers have won 16 consecutive games.

    That's right, folks. The Clippers have not lost a single game in the month of December. In fact, it has been 34 days since L.A. tasted defeat.

    And counting.

    Most impressive of all, the Clippers' average margin of victory during their 16-game stretch has been 15.4 points per game. Only five of their victories have come by single-digits.

    The 16-game winning streak is the longest since the Boston Celtics won 19 straight in 2008-09. The longest ever is 33 games by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.

    Shockingly, LAC is almost half way there. It may be a stretch, but why not be excited for a franchise like the Clippers?

    After years of turmoil, they deserve it.

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