Kobe Bryant's Top 5 Playoff Performances

The top 5 playoff performances from Kobe Bryant. Kobe Bryant has had a lot of unbelievable postseason showings. So, we break down the five best playoff performances from Kobe Bryant.
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Kobe Bryant's Top 5 Playoff Performances

At the time of writing this, it's the two-year anniversary of Kobe Bryant's shocking death along with his daughter Gianna. While we'll grieve for his family and friends, we also want to show you just how talented Kobe Bryant was on the basketball court. His legacy will live forever and he will always be remembered as one of the greatest basketball players that the world has ever seen. After his playing career, he really became a terrific father and was so much more down to Earth than what you'd see on the basketball court.

Kobe Bryant won five rings with the Los Angeles Lakers. He had enough rings to fill a hand. To do that, he had some terrific playoff performances. Let's check out Kobe Bryant's top five greatest playoff performances of his storied career.

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Kobe Bryant's Top 5 Playoff Performances

5. Game 1 2001 Western Conference Finals - 45 Points

In 2001, Kobe Bryant was putting the whole world on notice. He was coming off a championship in 2000 and was looking for another championship in 2001. Bryant scored 45 points against the San Antonio Spurs in the first game of the Western Conference Finals. Of course, the Lakers ended up defeating the Spurs' defense that consisted of Tim Duncan and David Robinson. In that first game, Kobe sent the tone, going 16-for-28 from the field and grabbing 10 rebounds. Of course, the Lakers went on to the Finals and then beat the Philadelphia 76ers in five games to win another championship.

4. Game 1 2009 NBA Finals - 40 Points

It took a long while for the Lakers to get back to being NBA Champions. After winning three straight in 2000, 2001, and 2002, the Lakers didn't win another Championship until 2009. Kobe Bryant was aging, but you wouldn't know it. In 2009, Bryant scored 40 points in Game 1 of the Finals. The game was so out of hand, that Bryant only played 38 minutes. In those 30 minutes, Bryant scored 40 points and had eight rebounds along with eight assists. He got 47 percent from the field and had a +/- of 25. It was a dominant performance that led the Lakers to another Championship.

3. Game 2 First Round 2008 NBA Playoffs - 49 Points

Kobe Bryant scored 49 points in a playoff game against Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets. He went absolutely bonkers in this game in 2018, despite it being the first round of the playoffs. Bryant scored 20 points in the first quarter and even with Denver looking to come back into the game, Bryant scored 19 points in the final seven minutes of action. It's how you start and finish and Bryant did both incredibly well in that game, shooting 66.7 percent from the field. He also had 10 assists and four rebounds and was just everywhere on the court in that one.

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2. Game 4 2000 NBA Finals - 28 Points with 8 in Overtime

The Los Angeles Lakers were looking for their first championship with Kobe Bryant as the leading player. Bryant scored 28 points in Game 4 of the 2000 NBA Finals. That sounds subpar, however, that game went into overtime and Bryant scored eight points in that overtime to help the Lakers defeat the Pacers in Game 4. Bryant had injured his ankle in Game 2 and then missed Game 3 because of that injury. The Pacers ended up winning that game without Bryant on the floor. That helped the Lakers go up 3-1 and gave them a cushion to ultimately win the NBA Championship in 2000.

1. Game 6 2010 Western Conference Finals - 37 Points

The Lakers went on the road to take on the Phoenix Suns in the 2010 Western Conference Finals. Kobe Bryant had a ridiculous series against the Suns, but this game stands out. The Lakers were up 3-2 in the series and needed one more win to move on to the Finals. Bryant just continued to hit crazy fadeaway jumpers and scored 24 of his 37 points in the second half. He also scored nine points in the final two minutes after knocking down a 23-foot fadeaway over Grant Hill with 34 seconds left in the game. Eventually, the Lakers won that game and then ended up beating the Boston Celtics in seven games for another NBA Championship. Kobe was such a stud.

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Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.

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