Kobe makes Finals’ history (40/8/8)

Kobe Bryant’s 40/8/8 performance in game 1 of the 2009 NBA Finals made him join some very elite company.

Only 4 players in NBA Finals history have had at least 40 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists…

  • 1969 vs. Celtics – Jerry West
  • 1993 vs. Suns – Micheal Jordan
  • 2002 vs. Nets – Shaq O’Neal
  • 2009 vs Magic – Kobe Bryant
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  • dracul

    he make baskets

  • dawg

    2nd greatest ever

  • dawg

    ill take that back
    kb24 is GOAT

  • cajun fresh

    Does anyone here now an exorcist? Cause Kobe IS POSSESSED. He’s no mamba, he’s the devil.

  • bassti

    The devil is his passion. And the only way to get rid of it is to winn the trophy. And I don’t freaking care because I’m possesed too.

  • SMOOTHLAKER

    KOBE aka,, the black mamba ,, fisrt option.. strikes to the face need i say more..

  • WifelovesLuke

    People on other blogs are calling Kobe the ball hog again. I guess they didn’t see his 8 assists. Funny how greatness can really blind some people.

  • Lakers_TheTruth

    There is no way the Lakers will not win this year. Seriously the look and determination on Bryant is scary.
    Also, the whole team is on the same mindset.

    I expect Orlando to play much better and maybe winning 1 or 2 games max. But the Lakers will win it all for sure.

  • sketch

    Sports records are sometimes so lame. Like this one… what’s with 40 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists? Why the 8s, why not 7s? I could see them talkin about a record if it was a triple double or something like that, but this 40/8/8 club is… whatever! Something for the commentators and the statisticians to talk about I guess.

    Don’t get me wrong, I think Kobe did great and I loved the aggression! I want him to continue to lead his team like this to finish off this series! But arbitrary stats just makes NO SENSE!

    GO KOBE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • azmat samuel mall

    Laker fans, Sam the man feeling u! congrats 4 a great victory Lakernation! As AI put it,”not a game, not a game, we’re talkin about practice man, not a game, not a game.” Certainly it was no game, no contest. All we saw was a Laker practice. Yes, the Laker whipping practice on Magic. Did you see the look of determination on Kobe’s face. The blk mamba was up again to sink his fangs deep into Orlando’s anatomy. He is the real deal & the real king of hoops not Lebron James. His majestic style of play, his crafty moves broke a few ankles, and made some heads roll. I’m telling you this guy is something else. His attack is relentless, therefore Magic is in deep deep trouble. Magic Johnson said, ” the Lakers are much talented & superior team, the Los Angeles is not Cleveland, Kobe hammered them with 40 & rest of the team dropped 60 on them.” The Lakers are going to sweep Orlando, there is no doubt in my mind I gaurantee it. So Laker fans get ready to rumble, party hearty because King Kobra Bryant is bringing home the nba championship trophy. GO GO GO LAKERS!!!!!