Kobe Bryant’s Top 5 moments against the New York Knicks

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1. Kobe drops 61 at the World’s Most Famous Arena

On February 2, 2009, Kobe scored the most points at Madison Square Garden by an opponent, which currently stands at 61 PTS. This performance by Kobe was a stellar one because he shot the ball efficiently. Kobe shot a 61.3 FG%, went 20/20 at the charity stripe, and was a +19.

Kobe was flaming hot that night. As soon as Kobe got the ball, it was almost guaranteed that it was going in. I remember watching this game and feeling defeated knowing that Kobe, with the help of Pau Gasol‘s 31 points, pretty much single-handily crushed the Knicks.

But Kobe had that effect on everyone. Whenever he pulled up to any teams arena, you just had a feeling that tonight was not your night and that your team should pack it in.

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Thank you, Kobe

The world feels a lot different with Kobe gone. And seeing that he just congratulated LeBron James for surpassing him on the all-time scoring list the day before he left this world is a mind-numbing thought.

It is safe to say that Kobe was, and always will be, one of the greatest players to have ever played the game of basketball at the highest level. His legacy will forever be echoed throughout time. We loved him, disliked him, and feared him all at once while he played. But above all, we respected him for who he was as a person.

Thank you, Kobe Bryant. Thank you for everything you gave to the NBA community.