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Watch Kobe score 81 — the NBA 2K11 version

Aug 2, 2011, 4:37 PM EDT

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It was a nondescript Monday in January that turned into a night that helped define legend of Kobe Bryant. The Lakers were struggling against the woeful Toronto Raptors and Kobe decided to put the team on his back, got on a role like no other, and dropped 81 points in one game.

We want you to relive it with the video below — the NBA 2K11 way.

The video game version has some quirks, pointed out by our man Andy Kamenetzky at ESPN’s Land O’ Lakers blog (and over at Lakers Nation). For one, look closely and you’ll see Pau Gasol on the bench, even though he wouldn’t join the Lakers for a couple years. Also, Smush Parker’s number is wrong (he’s 13 in the video game, No. 1 in real life — and our hearts).

It may not be perfect, but it’s better than another story about the league suing the union.

  1. ahemahem - Aug 2, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    …got on a “roll” like no other.

  2. gridirongoon24 - Aug 2, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    Greatest individual performance ever seen!

    • ahemahem - Aug 2, 2011 at 5:18 PM

      …true, except for Wilt’s.

      • gridirongoon24 - Aug 2, 2011 at 7:04 PM

        People fail to mention how WIlt’s teammates intentionally fouled the Knicks from the 2nd quarter on that day to get the ball back to Wilt, in addition to calling time outs in the end of the game while being up 20+ points lol. Many may disagree, but you can’t convince me that Wilt scoring 100 under these circumstances is better than Kobe scoring 81. Just my two cents.

    • connaniii - Aug 2, 2011 at 7:52 PM

      Hahahhahahhahahahha, it´s amazing to see how soon people seem to forget “history”; I gather you didn´t get a chance to see M.J. drop 63 on the powerhouse 1986 Boston Celtics, probably one of the three greatest teams in league history!!!

      • chargerdillon - Aug 2, 2011 at 8:17 PM

        Got jealous that Kobe was getting too much love?

  3. connaniii - Aug 2, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    I forgot to add that it happened in the play offs when defences are stingier!!!!!

  4. connaniii - Aug 2, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    Kobe is a great player as it is, however the two of them(kobe and Mike) should never be compared, they played in two different eras in spite that they overlaped!!! besides defences are much softer nowdays, allowing the offensive player a certain edge…….

    • gridirongoon24 - Aug 3, 2011 at 5:37 PM

      You forgot to mention how defenses are a lot smarter now a days as well….and a lot bigger, faster, stronger etc.

  5. connaniii - Aug 4, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    Well, it´s true that allowing the zone has had an impact on the game, but how would you rate individual players in the likes of Dumars, Payton, Rodman (Detroit´s version) defensively with today´s players? MJ won six championships in eight years with six different Chicago teams, because aside from Michael himself and Pipen the teams had different casts. if he hadn´t retired to try baseball he might have won eight consecutive championships. Bear in mind that Hall of Famers like Barkley, Malone, Ewing, and others were practically denied a championship by Jordan´s presence. Hakeem Olajuwon might have never won those two championships had MJ decided not to retire after the first three.

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