Better Kobe Bryant achievement: 81 points or outscoring an entire team? | The Tylt
Better Kobe Bryant achievement: 81 points or outscoring an entire team?
81 points. 81. Points. No one ever thought anyone would ever get close to Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point record. During Kobe Bryant's era of the NBA, defenses were sophisticated, and players were athletic across the board. Scoring 81 points seemed impossible. But NBA fans know nothing's impossible when the Black Mamba is on the basketball court.
NBA players have had legendary performances in the past, but outscoring an entire team seemed an unattainable feat—well, until December 20, 2005. Kobe Bryant was on an epic roll, and the Dallas Mavericks couldn't throw the ball in the ocean. When the clock went triple zeros at the end of the third quarter, Bryant at 62 points—the Dallas Mavericks had 61.
It's scary to think what would have happened if Phil Jackson let Bryant play in the fourth quarter.