One week ago, Kobe Bryant won Western Conference Player of the Week by averaging 33 points per game as the Los Angeles Lakers won three of their four games. Last week, the Lakers went 3-1 again and Bryant upped his scoring average to a whopping 43 points per contest. As a result, Kobe was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for the second consecutive week.
It is the 30th time Bryant has captured the weekly honor, the most in Lakers' franchise history, and fourth time he has won the honor in back-to-back weeks. Bryant also won back-to-back awards in weeks ending December 20 and 27, 2009, March 18 and 25, 2007, and December 18 and 25, 2005.
Bryant scored at least 40 points in all four games last week, which included wins over the Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, and Cleveland Cavaliers, and a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Bryant had more 40-point games last week than he had all of last season (three). Bryant averaged 43.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game during the week, while shooting 50.4% from the field and 89.6% from the free throw line, averaging 12 free throw attempts per game.
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