40 – Kobe Bryant scored 53 points in a losing effort on Friday night, as his Los Angeles Lakers fell to the Houston Rockets in overtime, 107-104. So what’s with the 40, you ask? Well, Bryant is the only player in the last 40 years to average at least 40 points in a month, with a minimum of five games played. Kobe finished off March averaging 40.4 ppg, actually doing it for the fourth time in his career. Oh, and did you know there are four letters in Bryant’s first name?
Of course, Wilt Chamberlain holds the record for scoring average in a month with 53.2 ppg in March of 1962 – granted he played just 5 games, scoring 266 points.