October 9, 2014 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)
Classic Moment in Sports – “Kobe goes for 81”
Who knew a January 22, 2006 regular season match-up between the Toronto Raptors and the Los Angeles Lakers would become a historic event? Lakers Shooting guard Kobe Bryant would perform one of the 2nd best single game performances in the history of the NBA. The first would go out to the legendary 100 point game by Wilt Chamberlain. The Lakers would win the game against the Raptors 122-104 off a prolific 81 point performance by the future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant. The Black Mamba would finish the game with 81 points on 46 shot attempts. (28-46 from the field 61%, 7-13 from three 53% and 18-20 from the free throw line 90%).
Kobe was quoted after the game of this once in a lifetime type performance.
“I was just determined. I was just locked in, tuned into what was going on out there,” Bryant said. “These points tonight mattered. We needed them. The points I put in the basket were instrumental. It means a lot more.”
“Not even in my dreams,” Bryant said. “That was something that just happened. It’s tough to explain. It’s just one of those things.
“It really hasn’t, like, set in for me. It’s about the `W,’ that’s why I turned it on. It turned into something special. To sit here and say I grasp what happened, that would be lying.”
Relive this moment again below, because it might be a long time before we see another historic performance such as this. Jordan, Lebron, and Melo have all scored in the 60’s, but 81 points in this day in age is hard to envision with all the great athletes that exist in this era. Kobe’s legendary performance of 81 points, should and will go down as one of the most classical moments in the history of any sport.