Jan 22, 2014, 4:04 PM EDT
It was Jan. 22, 2006. The Lakers were actually struggling against the Toronto Raptors, trailing by 14 at the half on their home court. This was a Lakers team that started Kwame Brown and Smush Parker (I still say getting this team to the playoffs was one of Phil Jackson’s great coaching jobs), so if they wanted scoring they could turn to Kobe Bryant and… basically just Kobe Bryant.
So Kobe decided to put the Lakers on his back and carry them offensively — to the tune of 81 points.
It was a legendary game, and what makes it special is this wasn’t fluff, garbage-time points at the end of the game — if Kobe doesn’t take over this game the Lakers lose.
Enjoy this trip down memory lane. Unless you’re a Raptors’ fan, then sorry.
- Jim Buss open to the idea of Kobe Bryant playing beyond this season 18
- Derrick Rose on sexual assault suit: “I am confident I will be proven innocent” 2
- Report: Kyrie Irving likely not back opening night, could be out until January 14
- Legendary Sixer, backboard-shattering dunker Darryl Dawkins dies at 58 14
- After Rio Olympics next summer, who takes over at Team USA coach? 7
- Kobe, Shaq discuss regrets over feud that ended their Lakers era 48
- NBA fines Clippers for attempting to circumvent salary cap with DeAndre Jordan 10
- The most overlooked – and maybe most significant – reason Carmelo Anthony won’t waive his no-trade clause this season 17