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Rodney Hood got everything he wanted in the first half of Monday night's win over the Lakers. He got exactly what he wanted after the game was over, too.
The Utah Jazz sharpshooter, who dropped 30 points on 11-of-13 shooting in a blowout win, made sure to track down his childhood idol, Kobe Bryant, and secure a precious memento after one of Hood's best games as a pro.
"I wanted a picture with him," Hood said. "My whole family is Kobe fans, so I wanted them to get a picture. Just wanted to see him. I know (the Jazz's last meeting with Lakers laters this month in Los Angeles) is going to be hectic; we probably won't see him after the game or get a chance to speak to him. So I waited. He just congratulated me on a good game. He signed my shoes. It was a great moment for me."
Hood, by the way, was wearing a pair of Bryant's signature sneakers on Monday and those are the shoes he had the legendary Laker sign.
Hood went scoreless in the second half Monday night, with Bryant doing everything he could to keep the ball out of the second-year pro's hands, finishing two points shy of his career high.
A few extra notes on Hood's big night:
• Hood, who went 8 of 9 from deep, tied the Jazz record for 3-pointers in a game. He now shares the record with Jeff Hornacek (11/23/94 vs. Seattle) and Randy Foye (3/30/13 vs. Brooklyn).
• Eight triples in the first half stands alone as a franchise record.
• Hood's 30-point half was the first for a Jazzman since Paul Millsap did it in the second half of a 2010 game at Miami.
• According to Basketball-Reference.com, Hood's was the 33rd time this season a player has connected on eight or more 3-pointers. Golden State's Steph Curry accounts for 13 of those. Curry's teammate, Klay Thompson, has done it five times.
• Bucks' forward Khris Middleton and Pacers forward C.J. Miles also have games this season in which they connected on eight of nine shots from beyond the arc.
• Bryant has hit for eight or more treys on five different occasions in his 20-year career, including a 12-of-18 performance in 2003.