Lets take a moment to remember Kobe Bryant's 4 games 50-point streak, 2 of which were 60 point games. Take into a context that before this streak the Lakers had lost 7 games in a row and their record stood barely above .500 at 33-32. Fans were wondering if the Lakers would make the playoffs and overall perception by the fans and the league was that they were going down a very slipper slope. Then this happened:
3/16 vs Blazers - WIN - 65 pts
One of Kobe's greatest games ever. 3 consecutive 3s in the last 2 minutes to bring the Lakers back from down 7 and send the game into overtime. Then in OT an insane corner 3 in which he was trapped by 2 defenders, but somehow got a fading 3 off. Literally one of his greatest shots ever.
"Kobe Bryant made big shots. He made tough shots," Blazers forward Zach Randolph told reporters. "If he would have missed one, it probably would have given us a chance."
3/18 vs Timberwolves - WIN - 50 pts
Kevin Garnett: "They were a lot more active on the boards tonight and Kobe got into a flow really fast. We should have trapped him earlier." Sorry was not going to happen. There was an obvious change coming over the team, as the defense was starting to give up less points and effort all around seemed to be much higher.
"I'm just being more aggressive at both ends of the floor," Bryant told reporters after the 109-102 win. "At this point in the season, it's important that I stress the sense of urgency that we have to have, and the type of emotion and energy that you have to play with."
3/22 at Grizzlies - WIN - 60 pts
Quote on Kobe's mentality: “At one point, we got the offensive rebound and a whole new 24-second left. Lamar gave the ball right back to him and Kobe went right back at them. He just smells blood in the water and he’s going to go after you.” — Phil Jackson
"When he gets going like that there's not a whole lot you can do," Miller told reporters. "That's why Kobe is who he is. He doesn't get tired. He's in great shape. He's got his foot on the accelerator the whole game."
Bryant said that he wasn't taking difficult shots, and his teammates were doing a great job of passing and screening for him. That was partially true. He also called it a "tremendous honor" to join Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor and Michael Jordan as the only players to score 50 points in three straight games.
"It's a blessing to be on the court with him," Odom said.
3/23 at NO Hornets - WIN - 50 pts
The end of the streak; with this game, only Wilt had more consecutive 50-point games (7 games!). Included an awesome shot in the 3rd quarter in which Kobe told a boy in the courtside seat he was going to make a shot for him, and followed by draining his next 3-pointer. Said Kobe on his accomplishment: "It's a tremendous honor for me to be in the same (category) with those guys. The coolest thing about it is this younger generation gets a chance to learn about Elgin Baylor, gets a chance to learn about Wilt Chamberlain and some of the things that they've accomplished so that the legacy will continue to live on."
"He's just so good, Scott told reporters. "He's such a competitor and he lives in the moment. This is the moment right now with a playoff-type atmosphere. We knew he was going to come out and play like that."
The streak ended at 4 games, but Kobe came very close in the next game against the Warriors, as he ended with 43 points and a win.
With this streak, Kobe literally rejuvenated a slipping season and the Lakers improved to a 38-32 record. I don't know how a player cannot win the MVP award for that... The Lakers as a team were not that exciting at the time and were without a doubt mediocre, but Kobe singlehandedly kept them in the spotlight. I remember everyone (fan and non-fans of the Lakers) would watch Laker games just to see what he would do that night. The forums were buzzing about Laker talk just because of him. I don't know any other player other than Jordan who commanded so much attention night-in/night-out that they would go out of their way to watch the game, other than Kobe during that time period.
Let's take some time to remember one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history and this small sample of his dominating prime.