The Lakers may have lost center Andrew Bynum for 8-12 weeks with an MCL tear, but that apparently isn’t going to faze Kobe Bryant. Bryant let loose for 61 points in 36 minutes against the Knicks last night — the highest mark ever attained in the current Madison Square Garden — as the Lakers beat the Knicks last night 126-117 (UPDATE: video below).
Bryant shot 19-of-31 from the field and hit all 20 of his free throws for the fifth 60+ point game of his career, which may have been motivated by his close relationships with Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni and director Spike Lee, with whom he’s working on a documentary.
“I didn’t feel like sitting next to [Lee] and hearing him talking trash about the Knicks, so that was added incentive as well,” Bryant said. “Seriously. He’s going to get an earful tonight.”
Well, if he hadn’t scored 61 points, he could have fallen back on the “Miracle at St. Anna was a steaming pile of dogshit” defense.