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Time Travel: Kobe’s 81

January 22, 2011

Five years ago on one beautiful night in Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant took his game to another level. The Toronto Raptors had the a first person view of his amazing performance where he scored 81 points. Only Wilt Chamberlain has scored more points in a game. Not Michael, Magic, Bird or any other NBA star scored more than Bryant’s 81, except for Wilt. Kobe shot 28-of-46 from the floor, including 7-of-13 from 3-point range, and 18-of-20 from the foul line. Lakers won the game 122-104.

Kobe would win the league’s scoring title and take Kwame Brown, Chris Mims, Smush Parker and Luke Walton to the playoffs. Lakers eventually lost in the first round. Kobe was robbed of the MVP trophy.

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