Kobe Bryant's 81-point Game Details
Features all the details of the famous 81 points in one game by Kobe Bryant, the second highest scoring performance in NBA history.
Kobe Bryant performance of 81 points in one game
Details of Kobe Bryant's 81 points:
|1st||5-9||0-1||4-4||55.5||14||LAL 29-36 Tor|
|2nd||5-7||1-1||1-2||71.4||12||LAL 49-63 Tor|
|3rd||11-15||4-4||1-1||73.3||27||LAL 91-85 Tor|
|4th||7-15||2-7||12-13||46.7||28||LAL 122-104 Tor|
Kobe Bryant's 81 vs. Wilt Chamberlain's 100:
|Field goal attempts||46||63|
|Field goal %||60.8%||57.1%|
|Free throws made||18||28|
|Final result||W 122-104||W 169-147|
|% of his team points||66.4%||59.2%|
|*Notes: Although there was no three-point line during Chamberlain's career, he didn't have a long shooting range. / Chamberlain was an horrendous free throw shooter (47%) but that night he made 28 of 32.|
Top 10 NBA All-time best scoring performances:
100 - Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia ...vs. N.Y. at Hershey, Pa., March 2, 1962.
81 - KOBE BRYANT, Lakers ...vs. Toronto, Jan. 22, 2006.
78 - Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia ...vs. Lakers, Dec. 8, 1961 (3 OT).
73 - David Thompson, Denver ...at Detroit, April 9, 1978.
73 - Wilt Chamberlain, San Francisco ...at New York, Nov. 16, 1962.
73 - Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia ...vs. Chicago, Jan. 13, 1962.
72 - Wilt Chamberlain, San Francisco ...at Lakers, Nov. 3, 1962.
71 - David Robinson, San Antonio ...at Clippers, April 24, 1994.
71 - Elgin Baylor, L.A. Lakers ...at New York, Nov. 15, 1960.
70 - Wilt Chamberlain, San Francisco ...vs. Syracuse, March 10, 1963. 81
Here you have a couple of records set by Kobe Bryant in this game:
- 81 points in one game, 55 points in one half, both are Lakers records.
- by missing a free throw he ended his streak of 62 consecutive free throws, also a franchise best.
- for most players, a 60-point performance is a one-in-a-career achievement but Kobe became one of 4 players in NBA history to score 60 or more points at least twice. Wilt Chamberlain did it an incredible 32 times, Michael Jordan 5 times, Elgin Baylor did it 4 times.
"Yes, it was (more impressive than Chamberlain's 100 points), that's because of the wide variety of shots that he used, driving, pulling up, behind the three-point line, it was an incredible feat of versatility."
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (NBA All-time top scorer)
"I wasn't keeping track on what he had, and when I turned to (assistant Frank Hamblen) and said, 'I think I better take him out now,' he said, 'I don't think you can. He has 77 points'... I've seen some remarkable games, but I've never seen anything like that before"
Phil Jackson (Lakers Coach)
"That's wild, that is really wild. That's a lot of points, I'm telling you. There's no question how good he is, but when you start throwing numbers around like that, it's unbelievable. It would be hard to believe if you didn't know it was true."
Larry Bird (former NBA superstar)
...and finally, the most stupid remark about the 81 points...
"The only bad thing about it is young kids, whose minds are easily warped, are going to think, 'Ohhh, I am going to go out there and do it' instead of the team concept first"
Vince Carter (former MJ heir apparent, full of envy)
When you stop laughing you can read Bryant's answer to that...
"As for a message to the youth, my message is that if you work hard, you can go beyond anyone's expectations, even your own."