Last season, Kobe Bryant passedMICHAEL JORDAN to overtake the number-three spot on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. It’s an achievement that was 19 years in the making, but his single biggest addition to that total came on a Sunday afternoon in 2006, when the Los Angeles Lakers found themselves locked in a tough game against the Toronto Raptors. Effectively carrying the team on his back, Bryant helped the Lakers erase an 18-point deficit by knocking down 28-of-46 shots en route to 81 points. That mark stands as the greatest of the modern era, and is only second to Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 in 1962.
As Kobe’s eminent retirement nears, many moments from his illustrious career will be celebrated. But no single game will be remembered more than his 81-point outburst. In honor of 10th anniversary of that historic game, we’re taking a look back at Kobe’s best scoring performances, and the sneakers he wore during each.
When: January 22, 2006
Where: Staples Center
Shoe: Nike Zoom Kobe 1
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