January 23rd, 2006 saw the 2nd greatest scoring performance in NBA history that is only second to Wilt the Stilt Chamberlain.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant put up 81 points versus the Toronto Raptors on that day in 2006, scoring 81 points on 46 shots, making 28 of them for a 60% field goal percentage.
Bryant knocked down 7 of his 13 three-point attempts as well in a game where the final score was 122-104 in favor of the Lakers, the entire Lakers team scored 41 points if you take out Kobe’s massive effort.
“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.”
Bryant scored 26 points through the 1st half, meaning he scored 55 points in the second half with 28 of those 55 coming in the 4th quarter.
The year of the 81-point game can also be argued as Bryant’s best season. He averaged 35.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.5 assists on 45% shooting from the field. He had 6 50-point games that year as well. If we fast forward back 36 days from January 23rd, 2006, Bryant lit up the Mavericks for 62.
His game log from 2005-2006 is quite the thing to look at.
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