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What was more impressive: Chamberlain’s 100 point game or Kobe’s 81?

Mar 2, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

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Here is the statistic that most amazes me about Wilt Chamberlain’s 1962 season — he AVERAGED 50.4 points and 25.7 rebounds a game. Averaged. No player in the history of the league has been as physically superior to everyone around him as early Wilt.

Notice I did not say his legendary 100-point game, which happened exactly 50 years ago tonight. What Chamberlain did on March 2, 1962 in Hershey, Pennsylvania, is certainly and deservedly celebrated. It is an amazing accomplishment that I don’t think will ever be matched (not everyone agrees with that).

I also would also say Kobe Bryant’s 81-point game against the Raptors was more impressive.

I do not wish to disparage Chamberlain, who had scored 73 points in a game a few months before and was having a season for the ages. No doubt when the Warriors faced the Knicks in Hershey he was having a special kind of night, dominating the game in a 169-147 Warriors win.

Chamberlain handled the ball 125 times in that game, had 63 shots, 32 free throws, 25 rebounds, and played all 48 minutes. He overwhelmed the Knicks defenders. Remember that back then the pace of the game was much faster, so he got more attempts in that game than an NBA player would today. But don’t hold that against Wilt — this was about effort and a workman like effort. He stole inbound passes, played defense and showed this was no fluke.

But the fourth quarter was. The Warriors would foul the Knicks intentionally to stop the clock and get the ball back so they could feed Chamberlain. The Knicks fouled him back to create a free throw battle. The game was in the Warriors hands and Chamberlain asked out but his coach wanted the 100 and left him in. The Knicks coach after the game called it a farce.

Kobe’s points came in the flow of the game — the Lakers were on a two-game losing streak and were down 14 at the half to the lowly Toronto Raptors. The Lakers needed Kobe to step up and carry them, they needed him to take over and he did.

Also, Kobe had to create his own shots — Chamberlain got fed the ball in the post, a luxury Kobe did not have.

Chamberlain is a player to be celebrated and his 1962 season may be the best single season a player has ever had. His 100-point game is an amazing performance that will never be matched.

But Kobe’s game was better.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 2, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Today, there are three or four 73 year old ladies who are celebrating a different 50th anniversary of Wilt’s record setting night of scoring.

  2. zblott - Mar 2, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    I’ll go with Jordan’s 69 in 1990 against a very slow, playoff-bound, top-10 defensive club in Cleveland, in a game that was very close and back-and-forth the whole way through in which Jordan didn’t stockpile 20+ points in the 4th quarter against a defeated team simply to pad his scoring total for the game. And oh yeah, 18 rebounds (7 offensive), 6 assists (2 turnovers), and 4 steals…and this was all before 3-pointers were shot like they are today.

    • whreneh - Mar 2, 2012 at 9:52 PM

      Not impressive to me. When Jordan scored 69pts against cleveland in the regular season & 63pts vs boston in the 1984 playoffs, both games went into OT, even 2OT against boston. You call that impressive? Kobe is more efficient and a better shooter than MJ and has a more difficult shot selections. If Kobe was in his shoes, he would have easily scored more. His 62pts vs Dallas were all done in the 3Q only as Phil Jackson didnt play him in the 4Q, his 61pts vs NY we7re all done a total of 36mins, see my point here brother??? So think first ok?!

  3. chargerdillon - Mar 2, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    As I sit here in my Kobe jersey like the fanboy I am….

    Wilts 100 > Kobes 81

    Having sat and watched Kobes 81 from start to finish let me tell you it was impressive because for the most part a lot of the points came at the very end of the game when the Lakers were battling with a bad Raptors team. In that game Kobe scored 81 to keep his team afloat and pull out a win in which Kobe wasnt acting selfish, he was just having a major hot hand and wasnt missing.

    That being said, he didnt score 100 points. I don’t know how Wilt scored 100 points, I wasnt alive for it, I don’t know how it was done, but history says it was.

    Kobe for the most part always looks like a ball hog. In the game he made 81, there was no ball hogging, it was Kobe doing what he had to do to win a close game in which he was hitting every shot he could. If Kobe wanted to be a real ball hog that night, there’s a good chance with the way he was shooting he could’ve got 100 if he started the game the way he finished the game. Kobe scored that many to win, not to hit the number but to win.

    I get the impression Wilt’s intentions were to score 100 regardless of a win or loss and his team helped make that happen.

    • namriverrat69 - Mar 2, 2012 at 1:52 PM

      If you had read the whole article you would have noticed that Wilt asked out of the game but his coach left him because he wanted Wilt to score 100.

    • issywise - Mar 4, 2012 at 10:52 AM

      So you opt for the game you saw and assume the one you didn’t see was less impressive and also an accomplishment undermined by selfishness you imagine. There are books written about Wilt’s game. You can have an informed opinion. His teammates were more excited about the hundred than he and fed him the ball 1) so he could get the 100 and 2) because the game was won no later than half way through the 4th–they could afford to pass up their own shots to get Wilt his.

      Charles Barkley has had the last word on Kobe, no matter what words are yet to be spoken: “Regardless of what else he does in his career, Kobe’s the player who forced his team to trade the dominant center in the game. It’s a team sport and as team players they must be measured.”

      With Kobe, it’s always “my team.” Kobe’d never ask to sit out if there was a chance for HIM to get some record.

      Kobe is also the only sports figure, or even celebrity, who defended a rape charge by saying, “It wasn’t rape. It was just rough sex.” Some guy! Then he went out and hired a team of sleezy lawyers who commenced to violating the law preventing the release of the name of women who’ve filed criminal complaints for rape, so the women don’t get victimized by having their privacy violated in the press as horn dog, it’s all about me, Kobe violated her privacy right not to engage in unconsented “just rough sex.” Kobe’s hired gun lawyers fed the press stories about the victim’s mental health past and then took to using her name as often as possible to bait the press into making her the issue. Just like rapist always did before the law Kobe’s legal posse violated was enacted.

      He is the most deplorable sports figure on the scene today.

      Best we forget about this guy. He’s a fool. I suppose Hitler could be a hero, if one just ignored his depredations.

      • Kurt Helin - Mar 4, 2012 at 8:35 PM

        For the record, I have spoken to Wilt and read a book on his 100 point game. I will stand by my Kobe take because it took place in the flow of the game.

      • tundragator - Mar 5, 2012 at 9:18 AM

        You should really read some of those books about Wilt’s game. It was a joke. Players on Wilt’s team were intentionally fouling the other team just so they could get the ball back to Wilt on the next possession. They weren’t playing basketball at the end of the game. As for what happens off the court, why does that factor into a discussion about comparing two games?

      • issywise - Mar 6, 2012 at 4:23 PM

        If one has read the books about Chamberlain’s 100 point game then one must certainly credit him for an effort above and beyond that necessary to score in a game that is still “flowingly” competitive, because when the NY players realized Wilt’s team was intent on him scoring 100, they became desperate to avoid the ignominy of being the team that let a single player drop a hundred on them. When the Knick players realized they weren’t playinjg a normal “flowing game” but an attempt to impose humiliation on them and that Wilt’s teammates were passing up shots to get the ball to him, the Knicks laid off the other Philly players and concentrated on stopping Wilt. He still got a hundred.

        Saying that getting the points in “the flow” of a normal competitive game is more difficult than getting the points when the whole other team is desperate to stop YOU from scoring does not seem all that appropriate a perspective to take.

        Of course, both Wilt and Kobe had and have, respectively, huge egos that often work(ed) to the determent of their teams as well as to their benefit when confidence in the face of overwealming odds was needed.

        I only posted because, while very talented, Kobe is a despicable man whose depredations are excused only because he’s the beneficary of hero worship.

        In the normal run of things, maybe all the fawning over this character would be “deserved” in a sports fan sorta way of viewing things. However, Kobe’s history isn’t normal. He forced a trade that, if not made, might have meant Kobe got 11 rings. He defended a rape charge with the “it was just rough sex” defense and set loose a pack of hateful ambulence chasers to intimidate the accuser into not going to court and exposing herself to yet another pack of flesh eating tabloid scum who’d have been freed by Kobe’s lawyers to paint the accuser’s name black all over the worldwide media.

        What a guy. He runs with those packs and passes up the chance to stand aside Russell. Some may consider him “the man,” but I hold that cannot be the final judgment.

      • loungefly74 - Mar 7, 2012 at 8:58 AM

        …not sure what kobe’s personal issues have to do with his game…i gotta say, i lose some respect with people trying to bring up stuff that’s none of our business and doesn’t pertain to the article. not a fan of the “holier than thou” mantra.

        …barkley is a loud mouth. yeah, we all love chuck but lets face it, he says a lot of dumb stuff and he did not know what happened with the kobe/shaq breakup. heck, most sources say it was shaq who broke up the team.

    • thesportgenius - Mar 9, 2012 at 3:36 PM

      Wilt just camped out under the rim being guarded by a bunch of guys a foot shorter than him kind of like if I played a team of midgets on an 8 foot rim.

      • issywise - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:55 AM

        loungefly: I’m confused about your dismissal of Kobe’s, “It was only rough sex not rape” defense to a sexual battery charge and him using the horrific “put the rape victim on trial in the world press” defense as “..stuff that’s none of our business.” Are you saying that in your capacity as a loungefly or in your capacity as a sports fan? It was my mistaken assumption that you might also function as a human being, citizen-participant in a self-governing democracy. In any of those roles “it’s none of our business” is a reprehensible irresponsibility. I don’t believe most loungeflies and sports fans hold sports figures outside the normal laws and rules of society, Think it through and see if you don’t find something about your attitudes that should be changed.

        loungefly. you dismiss Kobe’s betrayal of his team’s best interest in the choose-me-or -Shaq-because-I won’t-let-the-team-have-both thing because Barkely said it? Logicians have a name for this mode of thinking: ad hominum–meaning ignoring the substance of a statement to attack the person making the statement. It is a logical fallacy, not engagement in the matter being discussed, but a deception–often, an unconscious self-deception in those who habitually employ the dodge..

        OK, Let’s dismiss Barkley. Do YOU YOURSELF think what Kobe failed his team by forcing the Shaq trade? Do YOU YOURSELF thing players in team sports should be judged on their participation in the team effort of winning?

        Kobe’s ego demanded exclusive supremecy and he got it and a green light to shoot all he wants. Ironically, he undid his claim to the position in basketball history he might have had by forcing the Shaq trade. He sent the team into a period of rebuilding the precluded championships it might have won with the dominent center of the time still on the team. Instead of the five championships, he might have had nine. That difference, in the long run outweighs any individual accomplishment he might get. Again, it is a team sport. Success is measured by team fortunes, not individual glory.

        Isn’t it the case that no championships were won until Coach Jackson & GM Kupchak built a team Kobe was on that could win? A team with two top quality 7 footers on it? History suggests Jackson did it both with Kobe and without. Kobe is probably the replacable part in the championship run and they were Jackson championships, not Kobe championships.

        Finally, could you see Russell, Jordon, Bird, Magic, West, Dr. J, or even Shaq forcing the trade of a great player on their team? All of those greats made room for great teammates instead of forcing them off the team.

        Kobe is a despicable human being and while fortunate in his team, coach and management circumstances not in their league as a BASKETBALL PLAYER. He might be respectable as a singles tennis player, but he’s on a team.

      • Kurt Helin - Apr 25, 2012 at 12:40 AM

        I will say that the flaw in your logic is that Kobe forced the Shaq trade. Yes, he had the hammer of free agency and did not want to play with Shaq — if the roles had been reversed at that time Shaq would have done the same thing. Kobe did not force the Lakers to trade Shaq, he presented them with a “him or me” choice, the Lakers chose Kobe and moved Shaq. The Lakers made the right call, taking the younger player with the better work ethic.

  4. kandh2004 - Mar 2, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    This defiantly confirms 1. That you are a moron and 2. You just really love sucking off Kobe and James

    • berbes - Mar 2, 2012 at 6:26 PM

      whoever would ‘thumbs down’ the comment is either kobe, labron, or kurt…or children who never read kurt’s pablum.

      • okcallday - Mar 7, 2012 at 7:42 PM

        or anyone who knows the difference between “defiantly” and “definitely”

  5. ss3walkman - Mar 2, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Jordan’s 63 vs Boston was far more impressive than Kobe’s 81. Who was even playing on the Raptors?

    • chitownmatt - Mar 2, 2012 at 12:42 PM

      I highly doubt Mr. Jordan would agree with you as he and the Bulls LOST that game!!!

      • ss3walkman - Mar 2, 2012 at 12:54 PM

        It would have been simply embarrassing to lose to the Raptors no name squad. Jordan woulda dropped 100+ on them in his prime. Jordan lost to a good team with a valiant effort. Would you rather me say his 69 game more impressive?

      • steelyres211 - Mar 2, 2012 at 1:45 PM

        63 points in a playoff game for an over-matched Bulls team against a championship contender is more impressive than Wilt or Kobe’s games against bums in the regular season.

      • willhnic - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:33 PM

        There are a lot of Kobe lovers on here and there is no problem with that. My opinion is that Jordan’s 63 was most impressive. Why…because he was just recently taken off the injured list and allowed to play one of his first full games of that year with no limitations on playing time. Add to the fact, he was guarded by 2-3 men every time down the court. I believe Bird responded after the game by saying “God disguised as Michael Jordan”. We are not talking about Wilt who was superior (not taking anything away from him…100 pts is awesome). Kobe against the Raptors…pretty petty to me. Any big scorer would rather be known for scoring big in a game that is counts towards something – playoffs, top contendor for that year, or against another defensive/offenstive player that can bring crazy game…not against one of the worst teams of that year with nothing on the line (again, still impressive feat). However, I see the game where Jordan scored 63 points in a playoff game, against the reigning champs (and they won that year) Boston Celtics where they had crazy defense that was known to win championships. Raptors didn’t play good defense in that game. I didn’t see Walt’s game so can’t comment but again…this is just my opinion.

    • mightyquinn69 - Mar 2, 2012 at 2:14 PM

      No way in Holy Hell! I’ve seen both games, and Kobe’s 81 was greater. In that game they were trying to stop him, and there were times, where he would cross midcourt and drain 3’s, OMG! Some of the shots he made was sick!

      • ss3walkman - Mar 2, 2012 at 2:32 PM

        Against who? Not Carter or McGrady. Arguably one if not the worst teams in the league. Come on now

      • imwhitewolf - Mar 2, 2012 at 3:32 PM

        You make one point that differenticates the two. Kobe has 3 point field goals and Wilt didn’t. The only man during Wilt’s time to even compare was Bill Russell. The two of them were absolute monsters. Kobe is one of the best ever but so was Wilt and to agrue about two accomplishments by two distinctly different players, playing two different positions, during two distinctly different eras is rediculous.

      • ss3walkman - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:22 PM

        Kobe Bryant vs. Michael Jordan: 81 Or 69?
        Which was more impressive?

        Kobe Bryant played @ Toronto-Raptors (14-27 record at time) on Jan. 22, 2006. Raptors finished season 27 – 55 (no playoffs). Lakers won game.

        Michael Jordan played @ Cleveland – Cavaliers (32-37 record at time) on March 20, 1990. Cavaliers finished season 42-40 (made playoffs). Note – was an overtime game. Bulls won game.

        Statistics :

        K. Bryant – 81 points (28/46 fg, 60.8%), 18/20 ft, 6 reb, 2 assist, 3 steals, 1 blk, 3 to

        M. Jordan – 69 points (23/37 fg, 62.2%), 21/23 ft, 18 reb, 6 assist, 4 steals, 1 blk, 2 to

        Jordan’s 69 point game was more impressive than either, simply because of his competition and defense that was played then. Hand checking and all

      • limonadamas - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:58 PM

        The 100-point game was never recorded or televised. You didn’t watch both games unless you’re telling me that you were one of the 4000 who were in the arena in Hershey that night.

      • granadafan - Mar 2, 2012 at 6:38 PM

        Mightyquinn, you certainly don’t sound like you were old enough to watch Wilt’s game. The rest of your analysis is therefore suspect.

      • cordae - Mar 3, 2012 at 10:06 AM

        He meant both Kobes 81 and Michaels 69 games, not Kobe and Wilts…Geniuses..

  6. loungefly74 - Mar 2, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    for reasons mentioned in the article, i agree…Kobe’s performance was more impressive.

    …when i think about Wilt’s 100 game…i think back to the times i played Madden football…and had the CPU on the lowest level(rookie)….and did onside kicks(and recover) everytime so i could rack up the score…and puposely downed the ball at the 1 yard line so i could throw a 99 yeard pass to pad my stats. (yes, i know, very lame)…but the point is…yeah, i blew out the computer 250 – 0 but was it legit? no.

    • issywise - Mar 6, 2012 at 5:15 PM

      Hmmm, so you assume the league was less talented then? Wilt would have been both the fastest and strongest man in the league at any time in its history to date. They had to change the foul shot rule because he could dunk, jumping flat-footed from the foul line.

      The league was much smaller then and the talent more concentrated. Playing against the likes of Russell could not have been less difficult than playing against the likes of any other player from any other time. The game then was very much rougher than today’s (thank goodness).

      I hear so much crap about how the “modern game” is better and stars from the past would not be stars now from people who have no memory of the game in the time of Wilt and Russell that I am forced to recall how the Pasha of Tripoli regarded his own realm the greatest in the world because he knew nothing of others.

      Undoubtedly, Dr. J, Magic, Jordan and others have changed the game to one that is more fun to watch. Physical training is better now. The catchment for talent is wider–even worldwide. Coaching is generally better. However, a 6’10” Ben Wallace was dominating games with defense in the modern era and not because of any of those changes. John Stockton played Bob Cousy style ball in the modern era. Would Wallace and Stockton have had to loose to themselves if they’d played in an earlier era? Would Cousy be less effective cutting the modern Laker defense apart then he was cutting the West-Baylor-Don Nelson defense apart way back when?

      To assume the greats of an earlier age could not be great in today’s game or that their teams must necessarilly inferior to today’s teams ignores the central fact that greatness flows from places that aren’t subject to dimunition because things external to the great. Whatever made Wilt, Russell, Cousey, Oscar, Baylor, West and Archibald great then would make them great today. Everything visible about Larry Bird added up to a slow mediocre player….but for his greatness.

      I always get in trouble assuming what I’m familiar with must be inherently better than that which I’m not. When I get caught doing it, it is because I’m relying on ignorance to frame insight.

      • loungefly74 - Mar 7, 2012 at 8:48 AM

        You’re retort was very interesting and well respected. and with that said…

        …Wilt would NOT be the fastest/strongest man(Center) in the game’s recent era. the fact is, players are just stronger and faster now. technology has changed the game to create a more “perfect speciman” and this is true with almost all sports. there are a million examples but i’m not going to bore us with that…

        ..the league is way more talented now then ever. participants from all over the world now play the game. not sure how you can argue against that? the “Pasha of Tripoli” example is interesting but delusional by his part. we know what the world has to offer.

        …i think what is happening issywise is you are experiencing a case of heavy nostalgia where things were just “better” at that time. every generation does that. heck, sometimes, i get thoughts of “wow…i wish it was the 80’s again, etc…” but i realize “no, it’s better now and it’s getting better…(the eternal optimist)

        …going back to the article, yeah, i never saw the “100” point game of course…but the stories about it have confirmed it was a semi-joke event. i used the Madden football reference as an analogy in that i played the video game within its rules but distorted the natural flow/events of a “real” game that in the end was just a farce…kinda like the “100” game.

  7. 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 2, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Actual quote from the Knicks coach that night. With about 10 minutes left in the 4th quarter, he calls time-out, looks at his players and says: “Hey, um…..which one of you guys is covering Wilt?”

  8. chitownmatt - Mar 2, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    For God’s Sake, arguing about which is a greater accomplishment the 100 or the 81 is like arguing about which tastes better ice cream or chocolate cake.

    Both were interesting single game anomalies, neither were “great feats”.

    NBA Basket ball is a team sport and the only “great feat” is winning the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

    Kobe could probably score 80 every single night if he and the Lakers’ organization didn’t mind losing every single game 120-80.

  9. butterednuts86 - Mar 2, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    I own the video of Kobes 81 and have watched it a thousand times and no way was any performance before his better or more impressive than that. For one, they were getting hammered by a raptors team that was actually better than the Kwame and Smush, Kobe led lakers… Two, Kobe REALLY NEEDED TO SCORE THOSE POINTS TO WIN THE GAME… You can dislike Kobe but dont disrespect his performance because it is the single greatest scoring performance EVER.

    • chitownmatt - Mar 2, 2012 at 12:59 PM

      I agree, it is all about the “W”

      I would have to rank Reggie Miller’s 8 points in 9 seconds right up there as well.

    • cpaulii - Mar 4, 2012 at 1:08 AM

      Kobe;s was really impresive:
      1) the team mates kobe had..(smush, etc)
      2) the team was losing the game.
      3)better percentage, less FG, and less FT. and only 7 3 point shots. (you’ll think kobe would had the NBA record of 13 3 points on this day, but it was not.)
      4) have you watch the game? he was being defended and double team, and those outside shots kept falling. (utube Kobe 81 points, they have a condense 3 minutes video of every shot)
      5) in the second half, the warriors started to foul NY every time to allow more FG shots ( tainted the game, which Will’s was not to happy of being part of, according to one of his team mates On ESPN)

      Other Kobe’s great games:
      when he outscore Dallas 62 to 61 in three quarters, and sat down the full 4th quarter. ( another 80+ perhaps)
      55 against Jordan, scoring 41 in the first half, and you could only imagine if not in foul trouble, how much he would had score.

      • cpaulii - Mar 4, 2012 at 1:28 AM

        correction 12 3 point shots record in a game..

  10. creamsiclebucsfan - Mar 2, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Aahhh…Let the KOBE hating begin! Kobe’s performance is by far the better performance. Look at old tape of Wilt (not that game, of course) playing and you’ll see what looks like middle schoolers guarding him. His size was way too much for players in that era. Kobe was playing against much better competition and he’s not even a big man. PLEASE!! There is no argument. Kobe haters stay in your mom’s basement and keep your mouths shut.

  11. totallyuselessme - Mar 2, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Neither are as impressive as they look on paper.

    What’s impressive to me is a team effort with lots of assists, ball movement and good defense. That typically doesn’t happen with one guy scoring over 80 points.

    That said, I’d say Kobe had much stiffer competition in his era compared to Wilt in his. Wilt was an incomparable athlete of his time, a freak of nature that couldn’t be stopped. Kobe’s a different story. When he did that he wasn’t the tallest or the fastest guy on the court. It was all skill and immeasurable hours perfecting his craft. Not that Wilt was a slouch in that regard, but he was born with many of the gifts that made him unstoppable. Kobe is a hell of an athlete, but in this era anyone who can make it to the NBA is a hell of an athlete. What makes Kobe truly great, and one of the greatest of all time, is his work ethic and boundless strain to perfect his craft. The man truly lives and breathes basketball.

    Before you say it, I’m not a Laker fan. I’m actually a Nets fan. I just see the drive Kobe has, and it’s really that remarkable to me.

  12. bearsstillsuck - Mar 2, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Rename the site to what it really is, Prokobelebrontalk. Wilt’s was so much better than Kobe’s its an insult to his legacy to compare them. If it were possibly to watch that game, the only person who wouldn’t be speechless would be Kurt, for he would just be wondering when Lebron would be put in.

  13. udub - Mar 2, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    If you think Wilt was more impressive you either (A) are just going off the fact that 100 is more than 81 or (B) hate Kobe Bryant.

    81 in the flow of the game vs 100 in a game that devolved into trying to get Wilt to 100. And how again is that more impressive?

    Kobe did it in 6 less minutes and it wasn’t forced. He shot better %s for both FGs and FTs than Wilt. If the Lakers forced it like the Warriors did Kobe would have had more than 100 (based on %s obviously…I don’t have a crystal ball)

    • mogogo1 - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:24 PM

      “Kobe did it in 6 less minutes” would be an unstoppable argument if the “it” wasn’t 19 points shy of what Wilt did. It’s always hard to compare different eras, but we’re talking about a record that only one guy has managed to come within 20% of in half a century. That’s like imagining the 4 minute mile was still the world record and nobody today could break 5 minutes.

  14. cincyorangenblack - Mar 2, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Kobe fan’s are the worst. Like a ball of mashed up yankees, patriots, red wings, steelers, red sox, and well lakers fans.

  15. mikeewright7 - Mar 2, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Ok maybe im wrong but i highly doubt anybody on here who is commenting seen both games, the game wasnt even televised, i would only say Kobe 81 because its what i saw, on tv or youtube…but then again maybe you guys did see it,

  16. eagles7to10 - Mar 2, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Mightyquin how did you see both? You talk like your younger then 30 and the Wilt game happened 50 years ago and wasn’t captured on film. So how again did you see it? BTW, Wilts was better hands down. Young kids need to do their homework.

    • sellahh - Mar 2, 2012 at 3:05 PM

      So basically you’re saying that you’re 60 and calling people kids on the internet. Right? Cause you must have seen it to judge which one was better…

    • nesuperfan - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:23 PM

      Eagles7to10, reading comprehension: He saw Kobe’s 81, and Jordan’s 63…not the Wilt game.

  17. ihavecomplaints - Mar 2, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    “Sorry, Wilt: You’re no Kobe”

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/columns/story?columnist=stein_marc&id=2302749

    • sasquash20 - Mar 2, 2012 at 6:24 PM

      Ok the 4th qt was a joke what about the 68 he scored in the first 3 qts was that a joke too? Wilt’s game was better and Wilt was better end of story.

  18. AlohaMrHand - Mar 2, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    wilts 20,000 is the most impressive number.

  19. teedraper - Mar 2, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Dummy…. Kobe only gained 7 points from 3 pointers! That’s still 74 points if u subtract from 81. Jordan fan boys & Kobe haters need to sit cho a$$ down somewhere.

    • cullenand99 - Mar 3, 2012 at 4:58 PM

      You’re wrong. How could you get 7 points from three-pointers? 3+3=6. There is no way possible that you could get seven points from hitting threes. He actually made 7 three-pointers, which is 21 points. Thats 60 points, not 74. Stop riding Kobe’s jock, WIlt’s game was better and you know it.

      • sandmansims - Mar 5, 2012 at 3:21 AM

        Because if those 7 three-pointers were only worth two points, they would equal 14 instead of 21……think about it……if it doesn’t hurt your brain too much.

      • teedraper - Apr 5, 2012 at 12:57 PM

        How about you stop riding my jock you IDIOT! Kobe was CLEARLY more impressive and didn’t need freaking OT’s to do it. Close your MOUTH!

  20. thelud25 - Mar 2, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    What a joke!! Kobe’s 81 isn’t close to wilts 100! Give credit where it’s due and stop being a homer for Kobe

  21. jhastrello - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Since I didn’t see this asked, I will.

    How many 3’s did Kobe shoot for his 81?

    How many for Wilt?

    • rexgrossman8 - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:58 PM

      7 for kobe. 0 for Wilt. Unless you count the threesomes after the game then Wilt broke Kenny Smith’s record.

    • nesuperfan - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      For the record:
      WiltFGM/FGA 36/63…FTM/FTA 28/32
      Kobe

    • nesuperfan - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:28 PM

      For the record:
      Wilt FGM/FGA 36/63…FTM/FTA 28/32
      Kobe FGM/FGA 28/46…3PM/3PA 7/13…FTM/FTA 18/20

  22. lakerluver - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    In his prime Wilt was comparable to Babe Ruth. IMO no other athletes have ever dominated their respective sport like those two did. 50 and 25 will NEVER be done again. And Babe out homered whole teams! Amazing.

  23. lakerluver - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Just purchased my Kobe 81 point game DVD. I have never seen the complete game. I can’t wait to sit back and watch a genius at his absolute best. I don’t know who’s game was more impressive but they’re both two of the greatest accomplishments in sports history.

  24. rexgrossman8 - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Jordan’s 69-18-7-4-1 (62% FG, 91% FT, 33% 3PT) agains the Cavs in 1990 was more impressive than Kobe’s 81-6-2-3-1 (61% FG, 90%FT 54% 3PT) based on the level competition it came against. That Toronto team went to draft Andre Bargnani No. 1. That Cav team was in the ECF the following year. This will be the only time Bargnani is mentioned in the same breadth as Jordan and Bryant. Unless AB changes his name to Jordan Bryant Bargnani.

    • choyoyoing - Mar 3, 2012 at 2:58 AM

      You MJ Nut-huggers are so effin delusional it’s mind boggling. It makes me want to come through the computer screen and choke the shh….(goooz-frabahhhh) (inhale-exhale) Look you winey Chicago nit wits…Kobe’s 81 was, by your very own percentage above…better. I don’t know if you failed math or something, but Jordan shot only 1% more in FG and only 1% in FT, but shot a horrible 33% compared to Kobe’s 54%. Which if you add up..Kobe crushes MJ.
      And might I add that Kobe did it with possibly the worst team partners (Kwame, Smush Parker, Mims)..are you kidding me? And don’t say Odom..the guy never did anything in the NBA which is why the MAVS sent him down to the D-League. MJ at least had a quality team in Pippen and the rest of the Bulls team that eventually pulled out 3 in a row. The Cavs? Really?
      How about we squash talking about the 81 game. How about we bring up Kobe’s 62 points in 3 quarters against the Mavs? The Mavs were the Conference Champs and went to the Finals against the Heat. 62 points in 3 quarters!! Against the Western Conference Champs!!
      But the list goes on because why?? Because He’s still playing Chumps!! So sit back and start biting your nails cuz MJ will not be known as the GOAT forever! MJ will never be duplicated and neither will be Kobe. Get over it already!! Such kids on here.

  25. blackmore11 - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Give me a break about The Stilt’s scoring and rebounding. Dude was playing against complete and total scrubs back then. If he was in today’s NBA he’d be a solid player, but no way would he be able to dominate now. Kobe’s and Jordan’s accomplishments are MUCH MORE impressive bt far!

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