39. Kobe Drops 55 In Last Game Against MJ

Date: 3/28/2003

If we know anything about Michael Jordan, it's that he's the ultimate competitor and loves a challenge. If we know anything about Kobe Bryant, it's that he's dying to be Michael Jordan. So when the aging Wizard came to Staples Center for his final game against the Lakers, he should've known that his apprentice would show no mercy. Jordan became an impressive jump shooter in his latter years, but Bryant put on a shooting display for the ages. Kobe set a Laker record with 42 points—in the first half. Including eight three pointers. He'd finish with 55 for the game. Sound familiar, Mike? And to add another layer of irony, he did it all while guarded by Jordan's former nemesis, Byron Russell. Oh, and in a pair of Air Jordans.