Kobe Bryant’s 81-point recreation instructed in 5 movies | NBA


On Jan. 22, 2006, Kobe Bryant scored 81 factors in opposition to the Raptors. It is the second-highest particular person level whole in a single recreation behind solely Wilt Chamberlain, who scored 100 in 1962. The “Black Mamba” made 28-of-46 shot makes an attempt, hit 7-of-13 from 3-point vary and accomplished 18 of his 20 free throws within the Lakers’ 122-104 win.

The sport will likely be remembered for a very long time for various totally different causes, and we’re right here to recollect it from totally different angles. So under are 5 movies which might be related with Bryant’s historic effort.

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All 81 factors Kobe scored

Each. Single. Bucket.

An enormous takeaway from this video is you understand simply how explosive Bryant was within the second half of the sport. He had simply 26 factors at halftime earlier than scoring 27 factors within the third and 28 within the fourth, a complete of 55 within the second half (the second-most in a half in NBA historical past).

Stuart Scott doing Kobe highlights

One other signal of the period. 

What higher approach to have a good time Kobe’s 81 than by listening to Stuart Scott recap it?

Kobe’s press convention after

From Bryant:

“It simply occurred. It actually hasn’t set in. To sit down right here and say I grasp what occurred tonight, I would be mendacity. I used to be simply decided. I used to be simply locked in, tuned into what was happening on the market. These factors tonight mattered. We wanted them. The factors I put within the basket had been instrumental. It means much more.

“We’ve 4 days off arising right here, and I might have been sick as a canine if we’d have misplaced this recreation. I simply wished to step up and encourage us to play nicely, and it was one thing particular. To placed on a present like this for the followers right here in LA is actually one thing particular. I grew up in entrance of those folks, and now they’re seeing me as an older, younger man.”

Jalen Rose on defending Kobe whereas he scored 81

With this efficiency being so iconic, folks can not help however level out how Jalen Rose was largely guarding Bryant the complete recreation. Rose has been mocked for this ever because it occurred, so in a video for Grantland (RIP), Rose shared his facet of the story.

Jalen and Kobe meet once more

Within the pilot episode of Jalen Rose’s present “Jalen Vs. All people,” the previous NBA participant invited his pal to make enjoyable of that second in a wonderful scene. 

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