Now with basketball back in action, Laker Nation has decided to continue to take you back through Laker history to recap important games, record-breaking performances and memorable news from the past 64 years of the franchise.
DECEMBER 1, 2000
SAN ANTONIO SPURS 100 – LA LAKERS 109
KOBE BLOWS UP FOR THEN-CAREER HIGH 43 POINTS AS LAKERS CURB SPURS
While the Lakers were 11-5 heading into their back-to-back against the Spurs, they weren’t feeling good about it. After all, the night before they had traveled up to Washington only to get blown out by 33 points to the sub-.500 Supersonics, and one of their young stars Kobe Bryant was ill with flu-like symptoms.
In a shade of things to come, the 22-year-old Bryant would take 31 shots, making 16 and scoring 43 points in the 109-100 victory over the Spurs. The 43 points for Bryant would be a career high for the fourth-year player, at least until five days later when Bryant would drop 51 on the Golden State Warriors. Shaquille O’Neal, battling the seven-foot duo of David Robinson and Tim Duncan, would score 36 points and 16 rebounds.
Quote of the Night: “It was a big game for us. We just wanted to keep on attacking, to get the ball inside. It was a big game because they beat us nine of 10 times.” – Laker guard Kobe Bryant, between sniffles, regarding his team’s performance in a 109-100 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.
ALSO ON THIS DATE – DECEMBER 1, 1981 – KAREEM MOVES TO NUMBER TWO ON SCORING LIST
In a 117-86 slaughter of the Utah Jazz, Laker center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar would score 14 points, passing Oscar Robinson to move to second place on the NBA scoring list.