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Kobe Bryant believes someone else will score 81. Someday.

Feb 8, 2012, 12:37 AM EST

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You’re going to be hearing a lot about Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game a lot in the next month, as the 50th anniversary of the occasion comes up on us.

But you can put me in the group that think’s Kobe Bryant’s 81 point game is more impressive because he did it into the natural flow of the game when his team had to come from behind (we don’t want to get into how Wilt’s teammates fouled so they could get the ball back and feed him).

Nobody is going to score 100 points in an NBA game again. But could someone else get to 81? Since we were talking about Kobe’s scoring already, ESPNLosAngeles.com asked Bryant himself.

“I believe so,” Bryant said when asked if any player would ever join him and Chamberlain with a matching single-game scoring outburst. “One day it will happen.”

The gut reaction is that nobody else will ever be able to match that kind of scoring. Kobe has the ability to take over a game like few who have ever walked on a court. Who is going to bring Kobe’s fire? Wilt’s dominance?

But there is always another great player. They will not be Wilt or Kobe or MJ or LeBron, but they will come. And one night the circumstances will be right and the player will be hot and we’ll be wondering if he can reach the bar these legends have set.

And someone will.

  1. jthammerstix - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    Sick my duck lebron

  2. savvybynature - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    Here’s a good SAT practice question: Which does not belong with the others? Wilt or Kobe or MJ or LeBron?

    • ambitoos - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:29 AM

      Lebron. He’s still got alot to prove in the big games.

  3. ambitoos - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    I’ve been a basketball fan for alot of years and watched both games. Wilt scoring 100 was a joke and all he did was dunk the ball as his teamates fed it to him. That game with Kobe was the greatest shooting performance that I have ever seen. He was shooting three pointers one after the other. It was if he just couldn’t miss. Nobody will ever do that again in my lifetime. He was incredible. Kobe may not be the player that Jordon was but Kobe is a better shooter than Jordan was. Jordan made a living shooting from around the paint.

    • smoothaswilkes - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:43 AM

      ” He was shooting three pointers one after the other. It was if he just couldn’t miss.”

      Uh, he does that every night. Seriously. Ask Henry Abbott on TrueHoop.

    • iambadkid2 - Feb 8, 2012 at 2:11 AM

      You never watched Wilt’s 100-point game: it wasn’t televised nor filmed.

      And, Kurt, it’s not fair to mention Wilt’s teammates fouling without dully noting that the Knicks at that same point were fouling every Warrior but Wilt in an effort to keep the ball from his hands. The end of the fourth quarter was a complete melee, but it didn’t necessarily facilitate Wilt’s scoring more.

      • skids003 - Feb 8, 2012 at 7:52 AM

        You’re right. And “natral flow of the game.” What an idiotic comment, if you call shooting every time he touches the ball the natural flow, which I guess it is for Kobe.

    • teehov843 - Feb 8, 2012 at 9:26 AM

      If you’ve been around to have seen both games, then it definitely won’t be in your lifetime to see it again! LOL!!!

    • fouldwimmerlaik - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:29 PM

      I agree, Kobe’s scoring game was the best EVER! I have re-enacted it several times using my Kobe Bryant Action Figures (I use the Playoff Edition Action Figure as the one who is doing all the scoring). No one will ever come close to that performance.

  4. thescribe56 - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    “Wilt, Kobi or MJ.”. The sentence should have ended there, LeBron doesn’t belong in the group yet – not by a long shot.

  5. africanballer - Feb 8, 2012 at 4:29 AM

    Not to take anything away from Kobe but I think that if you’re as offensively talented as him and selfish with the ball, you can score 81 too

  6. lemfax - Feb 8, 2012 at 6:24 AM

    Kobe is one of the best. After great Jordan. But he has plenty of time to overtake that in two different ways… Take all the shots and be the all time scoring leader or help his teammates to excel in every game-a total TEAM effort to win more championships… Don’t try to take it both…

  7. lemfax - Feb 8, 2012 at 6:25 AM

    Kobe is one of the best. After great Jordan. But he has plenty of time to overtake that in two different ways… Take all the shots and be the all time scoring leader or help his teammates to excel in every game-a total TEAM effort to win more championships.. Don’t try to take it both…

  8. nightrain42 - Feb 8, 2012 at 6:44 AM

    Lemfax…..if u see the Lakers this year, Kobe has to shoot. No one else seems capable. Like him or hate him…5 rings and is a dominating player.

    • deshackle - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:36 AM

      81 points if they’re playing in a Rucker Park pickup game during the summer. Basketball is a team sport, and the best players enjoy an assist as much as scoring a basket. In a team sport, sometimes, you have to sacrifice some of your game to assist a teammate’s game, for the greater good of the team. Phil Jackson looked embarrassed the game Kobe scored 81 points, so much for the triangle offense.

  9. shockexchange - Feb 8, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    What I’m trying to figure out is if anyone can repeat how Kobe managed to play on teams with exceptionally more talent than everyone else and managed to be considered a great player. Robert Horry did it and he has 7 rings, yet he is not considered to be in Jordan’s category. Kobe did it with Shaq (the Wilt of his era) and Bynum and Gasol, two highly skilled 7-footers while the rest of the league fields 6’8″ centers.

    Now Robert Horry, Jr. is on the phone begging Dwight Howard to come to L.A. because he knows he can win without exceptionally more talent than everyone else. And when Dwight comes and leads the Lakers to the Chip, Robert Horry, Jr. will somehow get the credit. Will this feat ever be repeated? I doubt it.

  10. shockexchange - Feb 8, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Sorry, previous post should have said “Robert Horry, Jr. is calling Dwight Howard because he knows he ‘cannot’ win without exceptionally more talent than everyone else.” Either way, if you mention Kobe’s name in the same breath with Jordan’s you may as mention Robert Horry’s also.

  11. 00maltliquor - Feb 8, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Kobe’s 81 was way more impressive then Wilt’s 100, I agree. And while I’m not one to ever say it will never be done again…I don’t think it will ever be done again

    @ shockexchange
    Cut the crap with that same re-post. I already shut you down.

  12. max20characters - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    I watched Monta Ellis barely miss his 50th point on Tuesday night and it seemed like he couldnt miss. Knowing this, no one will EVER get over 70 points again. Its seems impossible to do it nowadays.

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