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In the last four games, Kobe Bryant is playing at a level comparable to the 2005-06 season when he averaged 35.4 points per game, and won the scoring title.

The Lakers have gone 3-1 in the last four games. Kobe has scored: 48,40,42, and 42 respectively.

According to ESPN’s Ric Bucher his recent scoring splurge has a little to do with recruiting Dwight Howard:

What I’ve heard is [Kobe Bryant] and Dwight Howard at one point were texting back and fourth about how much they would love to play together, and how exciting that would be.”

“And then it came back around to Kobe that Dwight was having questions about just how much Kobe has left in the tank. And certainly the wrist injury did not help, it looked like a very old guy out there.”

“What I have been told is this is Kobe’s way of saying, ‘Hey, young fella, you think I don’t have anything left in the tank? Let me show you just how much I have left in the tank.'”

The Lakers travel to Orlando to take on Dwight Howard and the Magic on Friday at 5:00pm.