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DIME SMACK: Kobe comes correct with 55

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Do you think Kobe was fired up to go against his idol, , last night for what will be their final game against each other? Kobe exploded for a franchise-record 42 first-half points on his way to an NBA season-high 55 points. The won handily 108-94 after Kobe's mind-boggling start that included 8 treys, tying him for yet another NBA record. Mike had 23 in the defeat. Despite being listed as "questionable" before the game with a bad back and knee tendinitis, nearly went triple-dipping, finishing with 14 points, a dollar's worth of dimes and 9 pulls in 41 minutes. The Sonics had no problems sending the Grizz back into hibernation with their 95-71 win. ... KG had an "off night" by his standards, only managing 17 points, 9 boards and 5 dimes as the T-Wolves got rolled on by the Miami , who played their best game of the year. went nuts for a career-best 35 large complemented by 7 dimes, 4 steals and 2 swats. His pivotal play paved the way for the to overcome an 18-point deficit and roll 111-84. Inspired by his new Nike commercial (or perhaps by a lovely model from the Dime Issue #6 photo spread), set a new-career high of 39 points in leading the over cross-river rivals the New York . Jefferson was moving on up all night long with a ridiculous array of jaw-dropping dunks that helped him shoot 16-for-22 from the field. ... The get a huge boost tonight and for the stretch run as the 'bow-swinging, finger-wagging Mt. Mutombo returns to action. Watch your head. No lead is ever safe. Golden State owned a 25-point lead against the Sixers before it was squandered to just 2 with about a minute to go. G. State was saved from major embarrassment by the littlest Warrior of them all, fourth-quarter specialist . He had 10 in the pivotal fourth quarter and cut off Philly's momentum at the knees. Forget opening a can, the tapped a keg of whup-ass all over the Chicago Horri-Bulls last night. The total damage was a 140-89 demolishing that saw 10 score at least 7 points each. To Tim Hardaway, congratulations on your best game as a Pacer and not just because this was your first one. The Smack Gods have a suspicious feeling that this will be Tim Bug's best game as a Pacer, ever. Why? + extended garbage time - = best game. The greatest moment of yesterday's NCAA games had to be going in for a breakaway dunk only to be rejected hardcore by the rim. Hilarious. ... Blake did lead the Terps back into the game against MSU, but frosh was a man in the final minute. First he brought the two-handed thunder to set the momentum, then he sealed the deal for the Spartans with a nifty baseline move and bucket despite getting hacked twice without the benefit of a call. All four No. 1 seeds are still alive after Oklahoma and Texas survived their matchups vs. and UConn, respectively. scored all of his 18 points in the second half, including a big tip of his own miss late in the game to give 'Cuse a 1-point win over . Enjoy the moment, Melo, it may be your last winning bucket as a collegian. Word out of Boston is that is currently in high spirits, not drunk off the spirits. We're happy to hear that Baker has embraced his problem and appears to be taking the appropriate steps to a full recovery. With the McDonald's game and the NCAA Tourney taking place, now is the time to speculate on which of the oft-talked about high school ballers and young (first and second year) college players will actually declare for the 2003 NBA Draft. Peering into our crystal ball, here is the Smack Gods early take on who's bouncing and who's back for one more year. Money, money, money: LeBron James, Kendrick Perkins, James Lang, Charlie Villanueva, , , , , , and . Hitting the books: Travis Outlaw, Luol Deng, , , , , , and . Discuss. ... We're out like Cinderella.

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