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Kobe Bryant Drops a Bushel of Baskets, Nails 81 Points, and Crowd Chants "MVP." [Jan. 23rd, 2006|01:00 am]
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So, yesterday, Kobe Bryant went 28 of 46 from the floor and 18 of 20 from the free throw line to assault the Toronto Raptors with 81 points for the win, 122-104, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Seven of his field goals were 3-pointers.

Kobe slams home 2 of his 81.

Kobe's 81 points notched as the 2nd highest total of points scored by a player in any NBA game.

Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors against the New York Knicks at Hershey, Pa., on March 2nd, 1962. He scored 36 of 63 from the floor and made 28 of 32 free throws.

Wilt's scoring records for a game previously occupied the top 4 spots for the highest totals. As of today, Kobe's record total stands rather fresh in the books, so chances are that you won't find many updated lists at the moment.

Michael Jordan, who gained quite a bit of notoriety for himself, never scored more than 69 points in a game. He did it on March 28, 1990, hitting 23 field goals and 21 free throws against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Cleveland. Two of his field goals that night were 3-pointers.

Here's where the debate over Kobe's 81 begins, in relation to Wilt's 100.

Poll #658370 Kobe's 81 Points.

Kobe Scores 81 Points on the Toronto Raptors, and He Is . . .

A Giant Ball-Hog. Can't Anyone Else Get a Shot?
One of the Greatest to Play the Game.
Unimpressive. He Did It to the Toronto Raptors.
Impressive. He Can Drop 81. 28/46 from the Floor? Damn.
What's a Basketball?

In the 1961-1962 season, Wilt's Warriors weren't that great of a squad, in comparison to the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers of that year. Wilt's 100 entered the books against the Knicks, who were last in the Eastern Division.

This season, Kobe's 81 happened, like Wilt's 100, against a bottom-feeder team. The Toronto Raptors, after yesterday, sport a 14 win and 27 loss total, putting them right near the bottom of the Atlantic Division.

I suppose I'm not really sure how strong Wilt's team was around him, but I know that the 2005-2006 Lakers, without Kobe, would probably finish as a 50-60 game loser, which would make them about the level of the Toronto Raptors. Kobe's team plays very inconsistent defense, just like the Raptors. Chris Bosh, a talented player in his own right, isn't strong enough at this point to do everything by himself for the Raptors.

As for Wilt, he's a true solid NBA player in any era. Kobe, with performances like last night, plus his nightly dominance for most of his career, makes a steady case for his own possible place in the Hall.


[User Picture]From: fruitpunch76
2006-01-23 06:21 pm (UTC)
That picture makes he think he's about to turn into a werewolf or a vampire.

I hope that the basketball record is the only thing Kobe beats....as we know about Wilt's "claims" about his women.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-01-23 06:25 pm (UTC)

Evil Wins.

Somebody posted in nbafans that the 81-point-bomb happened in Kobe's 666th game.
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[User Picture]From: fruitpunch76
2006-01-23 06:28 pm (UTC)

Re: Evil Wins.


BTW....I threw up the chicken bone :op
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-01-23 07:32 pm (UTC)
I don't think we'll see too many performances like that one, and hell, I didn't see it . . . I missed the whole damn thing.
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[User Picture]From: lordjunon
2006-01-23 09:11 pm (UTC)
its good.. but.. you know.. i'd like to see him do it on a REAL team, he could never do that on a championship caliber team honestly. Could you see him doing this for the pistons, spurs, heat, heck even the suns.
And is it just me or are the teams that are usually winning championships, use teamwork over selfish pride?
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-01-23 09:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, they are, Chris.

I like my team play too . . . I just can't stand it from the Steelers.

Not this year, especially.

Puke-tastic NFL season, this is turning out to be.
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[User Picture]From: holzerhedrpca
2006-01-23 09:16 pm (UTC)
Dude, you read my mind. I'm totally blogging about him today. Well, partially about him. I plan on throwing in some Championship Sunday goodness as well as a King James observation as well.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-01-23 09:34 pm (UTC)

Read ESPN's Page 2.

I can't believe Kobe's 81 topped the NFL Conference Championship games.

When I woke up and read about Kobe's game, I did a double-take.

Literally, I was watching the wrong action last night.

The only thing that can make the SB better . . . truly legendary advertisements (not likely, especially with American Car Whores, Incorporated), or possibly, a Shaun Alexander Game for the Ages.
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[User Picture]From: holzerhedrpca
2006-01-23 09:39 pm (UTC)

Re: Read ESPN's Page 2.

Well, I was surprised to get in last night from Narnia (side note, decent flick) to get an IM from a friend of mine telling me about not only Kobe, but about the Sonics/Suns game that had more scoring than one of Caligula's orgies. Seriously, the NBA did its best to sabotage the second most important weekend in the NFL, and they succeeded.

I haven't finished making my Internet rounds today (I'm almost done... I usually read my LJ Friend page before I blog on my own page if I have something to blog about), and Page 2 is usually near the end. But I fully expected to see at least Bill Simmons writing about it, if not Bomani Jones and Scoop Jackson. Or maybe Skip Baseless... err Bayless ;).

Honestly though, the biggest possible story waiting to happen at the Supe is if Bettis breaks off a huge game. It would be sentimental, but I think you're right in that the best thing for the league would be if Alexander was the one who went buck-wild. And if not him, then Big Ben, seeing that those two are at least the short-term future of the league (and in Ben's case, short AND long term future)
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[User Picture]From: gjenkins05
2006-01-23 10:02 pm (UTC)
Kobe is a ball hog, but considering for the most part the rest of his team sucks, someone has to carry the load LOL.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-01-23 10:05 pm (UTC)
Kobe would never do this on a better team . . . he didn't do things like this as much (or at all, I can't remember) in the last great Lakers year . . . 03-04.

Anyone who said he couldn't do this on a better team is right . . . few players can do it . . . especially if there are 4 other guys who hit 10-20 points a night with 30-35 minutes played.

However, I'm sure Kobe would have a handful (or more) of 30-50 point performances, considering that the flow of the game tends to tailor around him . . . even if other guys are getting 10-20 a night, those other people are right on him being a ball-hog and a solid NBA player.
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[User Picture]From: prophecy03
2006-01-23 10:21 pm (UTC)
I'm a shoo-in for 'Hater of the Year'.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-01-23 10:26 pm (UTC)
I think I haven't hated the Steelers more than I have, at the moment.

The nice thing about pride is that it doesn't exist.
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[User Picture]From: prophecy03
2006-01-23 10:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, it does exist.
I'm having to root for the Steelers cuz the Bus is home.
But then again...Seneca Wallace is my eternal franchise QB on Madden.

But Kobe...man, I hate him. Just a complete waste of sperm.
I didn't use to hate him...but then some girl who was not half as fine as his wife knocked on his door...and he let her in...and thus became a waste of sperm.
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