20 Years of Kobe vs. the Blazers


Today, Kobe’s fabled 20 year career finally comes to a close. It’s a day of mixed emotions for fans across the league, as for the past 20 years Kobe has been routinely slaughtering every team in the league with no mercy. These two Nike commercials put it the best: Everyone hates Kobe Bryant.

At the same time, you have to respect him. He is the closest thing we’ve seen to Jordan since, well, Jordan, and he’s one of the largest sports figures in the world. There are players in the NBA today who grew up watching Kobe, and people from Los Angeles to Beijing say “Kobe” when they shoot wads of paper into the garbage can. Famously enigmatic, Kobe’s signature work ethic has made a lasting impression on anyone to ever make contact with him. Even in his twilight years, Kobe gets up close to a thousand shots before most players even hit the gym to warm-up. Despite that, Bryant has been the source of anguish and hatred for Blazers fans for two decades now, and for good reason. He’s averaged about 25 points per matchup, scoring on 46.5% shooting on 36.5 minutes played. Overall, he’s played 83 games against Portland including regular season and playoff games, scoring a grand total of 2,062 points. Of those 83 games, Kobe has had a Game Score of 20 or above 33 times, and he has not scored less than 10 points against Portland since April 28th, 1998. If you exclude the 7 games before 4/29/1998 where Kobe scored less than 10, his average against Portland jumps to 26.7 per game. In essence, from 1998 to today, Kobe has consistently dominated against Portland. To further prove that point, here are Kobe’s top 20 games by Game Score against Portland.

3/16/2007 – 65 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals. 8/12 on threes, 23/39 overall, 11/12 on free throws. 50 minutes, Game Score of 50.9. Lakers win 116-111.

4/10/2013 – 47 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, 4 blocks. 1/5 on threes, 14/27 overall, 18/18 on free throws. 48 minutes, Game Score of 42.8. Lakers win 113-106.

4/14/2006 – 50 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 5 steals. 5/10 on threes, 17/28 overall, 11/14 on free throws. 44 minutes, Game Score of 39.3. Lakers win 110-99.

4/2/2008 – 36 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals. 4/5 on threes, 10/16 overall, 12/13 on free throws. 41 minutes, Game Score of 38.8. Lakers win 104-91.

11/3/2002 – 33 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists, 1 steal. 2/6 on threes, 11/19 overall, 9/11 on free throws. 50 minutes, Game Score of 32.9. Lakers win 98-95.

2/22/2013 – 40 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals. 1/3 on threes, 15/23 overall, 9/9 on free throws. 36 minutes, Game Score of 32.2. Lakers win 111-107.

12/13/2003 – 35 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 block. 1/3 on threes, 10/18 overall, 14/15 on free throws. 42 minutes, Game Score of 30.8. Blazers win 112-108.

4/13/2003 – 36 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal. 1/2 on threes, 11/19 overall, 13/14 on free throws. 42 minutes, Game Score of 29.2. Blazers win 101-99.

1/11/2006 – 41 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals. 3/13 on threes, 13/29 overall, 12/13 on free throws. 44 minutes, Game Score of 28.2. Blazers win 113-103.

3/29/2002 – 34 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals. 0/1 on threes, 12/25 overall, 10/11 on free throws. 41 minutes, Game Score of 27.3. Lakers win 91-79.

2/21/2003 – 40 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 5 steals, 2 blocks. 3/7 on threes, 12/25 overall, 7/9 on free throws. 42 minutes, Game Score of 27.2. Lakers win 92-84.

2/17/2004 – 31 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists, 2 steals. 0/1 on threes, 13/22 overall, 5/9 on free throws. 42 minutes, Game Score of 27.1. Lakers win 89-86.

2/4/1998 – 26 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 1 block. 1/2 on threes, 6/10 overall, 13/13 on free throws. 28 minutes, Game Score of 26.9. Lakers win 122-115.

12/13/2000 – 35 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals. 0/2 on threes, 13/25 overall, 9/13 on free throws. 45 minutes, Game Score of 26.5. Blazers win 96-86.

2/23/2011 – 37 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals. 3/6 on threes, 14/31 overall, 6/7 on free throws. 45 minutes, Game Score of 26.2. Lakers win 106-101.

6/2/2000 – 33 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals, 3 blocks. 6/9 on threes, 12/24 overall, 3/6 on free throws. 48 minutes, Game Score of 25.7. Blazers win 103-93.

4/21/2002 – 34 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 3 blocks. 2/7 on threes, 10/28 overall, 12/13 on free throws. 44 minutes, Game Score of 25.3. Lakers win 95-87.

2/21/2006 – 27 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals, 1 block. 5/8 on threes, 11/19 overall, 0/1 on free throws. 42 minutes, Game Score of 25.2. Lakers win 99-82.

4/26/2001 – 25 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals. 1/2 on threes, 8/11 overall, 8/10 on free throws. 35 minutes, Game Score of 25.1. Lakers win 106-88.

4/20/2005 – 37 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists. 0/5 on threes, 10/20 overall, 17/21 on free throws. 37 minutes, Game Score of 24.1. Blazers win 106-103.

Throughout those 20 games, Kobe averaged 37.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 2.7 steals, and 0.8 blocks on 42.3 minutes per game, adding 54.4% shooting, 37% shooting from deep and 80.3% shooting from the line, all with an average Game Score of 30.59 to boot. Suffice to say, Portland is glad to see Kobe’s reign of terror end today in Utah.

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