Clearly, Kobe is one of the best scorers in the league. He does it from everywhere, with anyone on him, when he wants to put the effort in. But, I don't think its that surprising that the Lakers have done well, considering Jackson's Triangle Offense. The Triangle, of course, basically boils down to this:
1. have the best scorer in the league (Jordan, Shaq, Kobe)
2. find ANYONE that can be a dependable second scoring option (Pippin, Kobe, Oden)
3. find ANYONE that can brng the balll to half court and hand it to the top scorer, even if its the scorer himself
4. grab the tallest players available to fill out the roster and grab boards
5. have scorer 1 chuck the ball; rebound; reset; chuck again
It doesn't take QUALITY role players, just a couple guys that can rebound better than the opposition, pass decently, and make an occasional open three. Fair defense is a plus as well. Simple, but it works, especially when you have a guy that can score even double teamed, and can pass out to the open men. Still, even 50 from Kobe might not match 20+ from 4 Warriors, like last night againts the Wiz.