Kobe Bryant’s Five Best Games Against The Milwaukee Bucks

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1. Lakers at Bucks – December 16th, 2009

This number one spot was never really in question. Kobe Bryant’s second-highest scoring night against the Bucks, in Milwaukee, that ended on a vintage Kobe buzzer beater, in overtime. This game was all-around fantastic, and by far the best one Kobe ever played against the Bucks.

Kobe scored 39 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and dished four assists in 50 minutes played against Milwaukee. He made 46.4 percent of his field goals and just one of his three three-point attempts, but in typical Bryant fashion made the most important bucket of the night.

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There was no doubt that Kobe would take the last shot of the game in both the fourth quarter and overtime. Charlie Bell managed to play good defense on Bryant for both of those shots, but hoping for Kobe to miss two consecutive game-winners is pretty foolish. There’s not much any defender could do about prime Kobe hitting a fadeaway in clutch time, aside from watching it catch nothing but net as time runs out.

This is the Kobe Bryant that so many fans know and love. For one of his vintage clutch time game-winners to have happened in Milwaukee is pretty special. Although losing on all five of these nights was no fun for the Milwaukee Bucks, getting to watch and compete against a legend like Kobe makes the sting fade away after a while.

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Kobe’s last game in Milwaukee may not have been a great showing from the Black Mamba, but it was special in its own right. These kinds of devastating performances year in and year out are the reason Bryant gets so celebrated in every city. They’re all thrilled that he’s finally going to hang up the jersey for good.