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8 reasons why Kobe Bryant is the toughest player in NBA history

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#7 2009-10 NBA season

Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers
Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe suffered multiple injuries throughout the season and as a result, missed nine games. That was still not enough to spare NBA teams from his prowess in clutch periods, as he hit 6 game-winning shots during the season to boost the Lakers' record to a Conference-best 57-25.

Bryant suffered an avulsion fracture in his right index finger in a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in mid-December. Despite the injury, Bryant elected to continue playing with it, rather than take any time off to rest the injury.

After being sidelined for five games from an ankle injury later in the season, Bryant made his return and made another clutch three-pointer to give the Lakers a one-point lead with four seconds remaining against the Memphis Grizzlies. Bryant finished the regular season missing four of the final five games, due to injuries to his knee and finger.

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Published 23 Aug 2018, 23:02 IST
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