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Mar 7 2013 3:03AM

Another Serving of Vino

By Brian Martin

Wednesday night featured another vintage performance from Kobe Bryant.

Bryant's Shot Chart vs New Orleans
FG: 14-21 (66.7%), 3FG: 3-7 (42.9%), FT: 11-14 (78.6%)
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Less than a week after the nickname Vino became part of NBA discussions, the man formerly nicknamed the Black Mamba turned in an incredible performance in New Orleans -- posting 42 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds as the Lakers rallied past the Hornets for a 108-102 victory.

Rally is an understatement. The Lakers outscored the Hornets 20-0 in the final 6:22 of the game. After a Robin Lopez dunk put the Hornets up 102-88 with 6:47 to go, they would not score again. Bryant scored 13 of his 42 points during that game-winning run, which brought the Lakers back to .500 after Tuesday night's loss to Oklahoma City, and within a game-and-a-half of the Utah Jazz for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

While Bryant was the catalyst behind the comeback, he didn't do it alone; Dwight Howard posted 20 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks -- including a huge block against Lopez at the rim with 27.7 seconds remaining -- and Jodie Meeks added 19 points, including two 3-pointers in the final run. For a Lakers team looking to climb the standings into the playoff race, every win is crucial and a loss to a 21-win Hornets team could have been crushing.

This was the third-largest comeback win since Bryant joined the Lakers and the largest since Dec. 6, 2002 when the Lakers erased a 30-point deficit to defeat the Dallas Mavericks. The Lakers outscored the Hornets 33-9 in the fourth quarter, with Bryant outscoring the Hornets by himself, 18-9, in the period.

Bryant did more than score, he also led the Lakers with 12 assists as he posted only the second 40+ point, 10+ assist and 5+ rebound game of his career. The previous one came on Dec. 17, 2006 when he had 45 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in a loss to Washington.

Kobe 40+ Points, 10+ Assists, 5+ Rebounds

Mar. 6, 201342712vs New OrleansW
Dec 17, 200645810vs WashingtonL

Bryant has had 17 40-10 games in his 17-year career, but only four of them have come with assists as the second double-digit statistic. The Lakers have gone 2-2 in those four games.

Kobe 40+ points, 10+ Assists

Mar. 6, 201342712vs New OrleansW
Dec. 29, 200944411vs Golden StateW
Dec 17, 200645810vs WashingtonL
Dec. 20, 200244410vs PhiladelphiaL

Bryant's more common 40-10 performances have been with points and rebounds. And while he has come close on a few occasions (including Wednesday night), Bryant has never recorded a triple-double with 40+ points. Overall, the Lakers are 9-8 in games when Bryant posts 40 and 10.

Kobe 40+ Points, 10+ Rebounds or Assists

Mar. 6, 201342712New OrleansW
Nov. 27, 201240103IndianaL
Mar. 22, 201142129PhoenixW
Dec. 29, 200944411Golden StateW
Mar. 1, 200949112PhoenixL
Mar. 28, 200853101MemphisL
Mar. 2, 200852114DallasW
Jan. 25, 200840105DallasL
Mar. 6, 200740138MinnesotaL
Jan. 4, 200742109SacramentoW
Dec. 17, 200645810WashingtonL
Dec. 15, 200653108HoustonW
Jan. 9, 200645105IndianaW
Jan. 6, 200648102PhiladelphiaW
Jan. 4, 200444103L.A. ClippersL
Dec. 20, 200244410PhiladelphiaL
Mar. 12, 200040108SacramentoW

A few interesting notes from this list.

  • Seven of Bryant's 40-10 games came in the month of March, followed by January (5), December (4) and November (1).
  • Four of Bryant's 40-10 games came in the 2006 calendar year
  • Four of Bryant's 40-10 games came during the 2006-07 season, including back-to-back games on Dec. 15 and Dec 17, 2006.
  • Three of Bryant's 40+-10+ games featured 50-point performances (Dec. 17, 2006 and Mar. 28, 2008)
  • Indiana, Philadelphia, Dallas, Phoenix and Sacramento have each twice been the victim to Bryant's 40-10 performances. Sacramento is the only team to lose both games, the other four split 1-1.