On December 17th of the 2006-2007 NBA Season, the Washington Wizards were visiting the Los Angeles Lakers in a game that would turn into an overtime showdown that was led by the superstar duel between Gilbert Arenas and Kobe Bryant.
In a high scoring game between these two teams, the Wizards were controlling the game and leading in double figures with a few minutes left in the 4th quarter thanks to the impressive showing from Gilbert Arenas. At the time Arenas was 24 years old and just entering his prime. His biggest strength was his shooting stroke combined with his strength that allowed him to get into positions on the court and create space to get off any shot he wanted. And that was exactly what he was doing to the Lakers on his way to 60 points.
Although Arenas missed the game-winning shot in regular time he more than made up for it in overtime scoring 18 points in the extra five minutes which combined with his 42 points from regular time. He had an impressive shooting percentage of 53% and added 21 out of 27 free throws, which proved to be very efficient especially with the degree of difficulty of the shots Arenas was taking. Along with his 60 points Arenas also added 8 assists and 8 rebounds.
Arenas’ total broke the franchise mark for points in a game set by Hall of Famer Earl Monroe, when he dropped 56 on the Lakers on Feb. 13, 1968. After the game Arenas was confident as always in his statement saying: “It was bound to happen,”
On the other side, the fierce competitor in Kobe Bryant wasn’t slacking dropping 45 points with 7 three-pointers but it wasn’t enough to stop Gilbert Arenas and the Washington Wizards from stealing an overtime win in the bright lights of Hollywood.