January 22, 2014

Anniversary of Kobe Bryant’s Legendary 81-Point Game

January 22 marks the eighth anniversary of Kobe Bryant's 81-point game against the Toronto Raptors back in 2006. Kobe cemented his name in NBA history, second to Wilt Chamberlain, for the most points scored in a single NBA game.

Kobe saw red that night in the Staples Center, scoring 51 points at halftime, later ending the game as an 81-point scoring machine.

The assassin they call the “Black Mamba” shot 28-of-46 from the field, 7-of-13 from three, and 18-of-20 from the charity stripe in the 122-104 victory.  Kobe’s reaction after the greatest performance of his career:

Not even in my dreams,” Bryant said. “That was something that just happened. It’s tough to explain. It’s just one of those things.

It really hasn’t, like, set in for me. It’s about the `W,’ that’s why I turned it on. It turned into something special. To sit here and say I grasp what happened, that would be lying.


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