Kobe’s 4 Points In Eye-Popping Perspective


HANG TIME SOUTHWEST — With so much attention being heaped on LeBron Jameshistoric 30-point, 60-percent six-game run, let’s go the other direction and put Kobe Bryant‘s strange, four-point game Tuesday night into proper historic perspective within his own amazing career.

First off, those four points fell 77 shy of his career-high of 81 that he put up against Toronto in 2007, and 58 shy of what he did to the Mavericks in just three quarters in 2006.

In Tuesday’s fortunate win against the Phoenix Suns, the Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar didn’t even put up a shot until the 7:30 mark of the third quarter. He scored his first basket with just 2:10 left in the game, and it came off an offensive rebound.

It was his first single-digit scoring game this season, one in which he’s scored 30 points or more 21 times, and completed his own 10-game run of 30 points or more during December.

What was Kobe’s reaction to his lowest single-game point total since he scored two points — but played just six minutes — against Cleveland on Jan. 13, 2005?

“I thought it was great, actually,” Bryant told reporters. “Obviously, scoring four points, going 1-for-8, that’s not necessarily a recipe for success. … But it’s not about us as individuals. It’s about what we can do to help the team.”

This was his lowest point total while playing a full game since his second season when he scored two points in a March 1998 game against Utah.

The closest Kobe had come to a single-digit game before this one was nearly one year ago. On Feb. 14, 2012, he finished with 10 points in 34 minutes against Atlanta.

When was the last time Kobe scored in single digits? Go back to Dec. 17, 2010 against Philadelphia when he had nine points on 3-for-11 shooting in 36 minutes.

So, just how many times in 1,214 career games spanning 17 seasons has Kobe scored in single figures? The infrequency is mind-boggling.

To properly put this  in perspective, let’s get his first two seasons out of the way. Kobe started just seven of 150 games in those seasons and averaged 15.5 minutes as a rookie and 26.0 minutes as a sophomore. In those two seasons, he had 60 single-digit scoring games with 46 coming as a rook in 1996-97.

Over the next 15 seasons — 1,064 games through Tuesday night — Kobe has finished in single digits 14 times. And even then, that number is a bit skewed.

In four of those instances, Kobe logged less than 15 minutes. Three of his 14 single-digit games came during the 1998-99 lockout-shortened season, Kobe’s third season in the league and first as a starter.

So, if you remove his first two seasons and the four games he played less than 15 minutes — go ahead and keep the lockout season games of 1998-99 in there — Kobe has scored in single figures 10 times in 1,060 games, or less than 1 percent of the games he’s played.

As for Tuesday night’s four-point effort? It’s probably fair to cut him some slack.

Kobe’s single-digit games over his last 15 seasons:

Date Points Opponent
Feb. 2, 2012 4 Suns
Dec. 17, 2010 9 Sixers
Feb. 10, 2010 5 Bobcats
Feb. 8, 2008 6 Nets
Jan. 5, 2007 8 Nuggets
Jan. 13, 2005* 2 Cavs
April 3, 2005** 9 Grizzlies
March 5, 2004*** 0 Sonics
April 11, 2004 8 Kings
April 1, 2001**** 0 Knicks
March 16, 2000 7 Wizards
Feb. 25, 1999 7 Clippers
March 10, 1999 9 Clippers
April 26, 1999 9 Rockets

* Played six minutes
** Played 14 minutes
*** Played one minute
**** Played 11 minutes


  1. Kobe needs to step his game up again

  2. emerson - Brazil says:

    Sometimes seems a perfect moment to detract an idol with bad moments recollections . This article serves no purpose other than makes us lose our time reading no sense statistics. Next article, please add all amazing records that Kobe has already broken along the years on his remarkable and Hall-of-Famer career. Then, we can compare a fair sample of games and numbers and titles won by Kobe compared to the rest of players that we can barely remember now.

    • Francisco says:

      all related with being the youngest, please be brave , tell me in what aspect of the game KOBE is or has been the best, show me the numbers , do not mention closer without showing stats(how many times he did). last years he was #38, durant #34 in closing time but the media still talk about how great closer he is….

      • emerson - Brazil says:

        During Kobe’s magical 81 point night in 2006, he also set another Lakers record for points scored in one half with 55 points. While Wilt Chamberlain’s marks of 100 points in a game and 59 points in a half could stand forever, Kobe should remain firmly in 2nd place just as long. Bryant’s 30 point 3rd quarter also ranks as 4th all time, but is the all time Lakers franchise record.

        After scoring 37 points, grabbing 14 rebounds, and recording 3 steals, Kobe tied NBA Hall of Famer Bob Pettit in winning his 4th All Star Game MVP Award in 2011.

        During the 2006-2007 season, Kobe tied the great Wilt Chamberlain as the only two players in NBA history to notch 4 consecutive 50+ point scoring games in one season, highlighted by a 65 point effort vs the Trailblazers

        Most All-Defensive First Team honors won, career: 9 (tied with Michael Jordan, Gary Payton, and Kevin Garnett)

        Most three-point field goals made, one game: 12 (on January 7, 2003 vs. Seattle SuperSonics; shared with Donyell Marshall)

        Only player in NBA history to score at least 600 points in the postseason for three consecutive years.
        633 (2008), 695 (2009), 671 (2010)

  3. john says:

    man if that was lebron i swear this page would be crawling with lebron haters

    • Ben says:

      hahahahah I love Kobe and I used to hate LeBron (a hate that’s slowly transformed into begrudging respect; can’t deny what the man’s been doing these last two seasons not to mention the development of his killer instinct FINALLYYY)…but dude you’re 100% right on that

  4. big cat says:

    nash is totally thinking maybe that 3 yr. 36 million dollar deal from the raptors wasn’t that bad

  5. Eaglos says:

    Tha’ts the right way to go. Even better if Kobe gets less and less minutes
    so that Nash can finally organise this team.

  6. 8 says:

    Where’s all the kobe fan boys?

  7. dattebayo says:

    Kobe is in the best shape in years and the media says: It’s probably fair to cut him some slack.

    Howard has had back surgery and tore a labrum in his shoulder, yet he is averaging 16 and 12. Bynum was averaging 18 and 12 last season, but with 3 more shot attempts. However, the media labels Howard as an immature wannabe superstar, that is failing under the bright lights of Hollywood and is not living up to expectations. Not to mention that half of Laker Nation thinks he should be traded and isn’t the future of the franchise.

    Meanwhile D’Antoni and Nash are basically neutered, because Kobe dominates the ball and refuses to run the offense the way D’Antoni wants to and expects Steve Nash to become a spot up shooter.

    Will we ever see a Nash and Howard pick and roll?

  8. KingJamesBallin says:

    Better 1-8 with 4 points, than 1-30 with 4 points.

    Kobe is getting better each day. What can LBJ do now?

  9. bballjunkie1 says:

    Maybe he realizes his best chance for another ring is too not have to be the man by ball hogging. He will always be the blk momba. Hope you find that medium Kobe and don’t scare off potential help so lakers can win again.