Kobe Bryant’s top 100 games: No. 94

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During the first half of the 2010-11 season, the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers looked complacent and even a bit old and tired.

They had a habit of winning a few games in a row, then going on a short losing streak and even losing games to some of the worst teams in the league.

Coming out of the All-Star break, L.A. was 38-19, which was a solid record, but it left lots to be desired.

After defeating the playoff-bound Atlanta Hawks in their first post-All-Star contest, the Lakers traveled north to take on the Portland Trail Blazers, a team they usually lost to in the Rose Garden Arena.

With the team needing badly to build momentum, Kobe Bryant stepped things up.

After holding back for a good part of the season, he gave Portland 37 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals, and some clutch plays that gave the Lakers a 106-101 overtime win.

This win helped spark an eight-game winning streak and a span in which Los Angeles won 17 of 18 games.

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