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
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