Monday, January 23, 2006


Shevy smsed me today to remind me of Kobe Bryant's incredible feat.

1. Wilt Chamberlain, Phi. March 2, 1962 vs. N.Y. 100
2. Kobe Bryant, L.A.L. Jan. 22, 2006 vs. TOR 81
3. Wilt Chamberlain, Phi. Dec. 8, 1961 (3OT) vs. L.A.L. 78
4. Wilt Chamberlain, Phi. Jan. 13, 1962 vs. Chi. 73
Wilt Chamberlain, S.F. Nov. 16, 1962 vs. N.Y. 73
David Thompson, Den. April 9, 1978 vs. Det. 73
7. Wilt Chamberlain, S.F. Nov. 3, 1962 vs. L.A.L. 72
8. Elgin Baylor, L.A.L. Nov. 15, 1960 vs. N.Y. 71
9. David Robinson, S.A. April 24, 1994 vs. L.A.C. 71
10. Wilt Chamberlain, S.F. March 10, 1963 vs. Syr. 70

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Shot Chart: Kobe's made field goals. No. 8 indicates eight dunks/lay-ups. He also converted 18 of 20 free throws.

His stats for the match:
MIN 41:56
FGM-A 28-46
3FGM-A 7-13
FTM-A 18-20
PF 1
ST 3
TO 3
BS 1
PTS 81

He scored an outstanding 81 points - the second-highest total in NBA history - as the Los Angeles Lakers recorded a 122-104 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

After scoring 26 points in the first half, Bryant exploded for 55 after the break - four shy of Chamberlain's record for points in a half. He outscored the Raptors by 14 points after halftime.

With just under five minutes remaining and the Lakers leading, 108-96, Bryant knocked down a 3-pointer to join Chamberlain, former Laker Elgin Baylor, David Thompson and David Robinson in the 70-point club - a threshold Jordan never reached.

On the ensuing possession, Bryant drilled a short jumper to break Baylor's club record of 71 points against the Knicks on November 15, 1960.

Now, this is a moment of history worth documenting here. Kobe Bryant, like LeBron James are in the most likelihood to be the next generation of Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan. Many argued that Jordan is the best ever in history because he showed his greatness in an era filled with superstars, which includes legends like Bird and Johnson. Apart from that, there are many many all-star players that played in his era. Therefore, he stands out.

Miss the match? No problem, NBA compiled the whole video on their website:
NBA Kobe 81
Look for this link there:
Video: See every point: 81 points in 3 minutes


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