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Kobe Bryant sets career high for assists vs. Cavaliers

Never noted as a passer, Kobe set a career high for assists in his 19th year in the league.

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Kobe Bryant took a role as a distributor against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, setting his personal career high for assists when he recorded his 16th of the night.

His 16th assist of the night went to Jordan Hill:

Hill and Bryant established a nifty two-man game against the Cavaliers -- eight of Bryant's assists went to the LAkers big man.

Kobe's previous career high was 15, set in 2002 against Michael Jordan and the Wizards on a night Shaquille O'Neal wasn't in the lineup. On that night, Kobe also had 23 points and 11 rebounds for one of his 21 career triple-doubles.

For his reputation as a pure shooter, Kobe actually has passed the ball quite a bit in his career. He's 30th on the all-time assist list with 6,103. He's averaged 4.8 per game over the course of his 19 seasons, setting a career high by averaging 6.3 per game last year. He doesn't pass as much as he shoots, because, well, he shoots a lot. But he does pass sometimes!