What's more impressive: Kobe's 81 or Wilt's 100? | The Tylt
What's more impressive: Kobe's 81 or Wilt's 100?
Wilt Chamberlain accomplished something amazing, but it wasn't as impressive as Kobe Bryant's total evisceration of the Toronto Raptors.
Chamberlain was a man amongst boys when he was playing in the NBA. The night he scored 100 was against a Knicks team where he was at least three inches taller than the entire team. He also got help when his teammates fouled the opposition to give him more opportunities to score.
NBA-average-height Bryant scored 81 against freak athletes who have trained most of their lives to be ballplayers. He also did it in the flow of the game without needing extra possessions.
This may be the only instance where 81 is greater than 100.
Do the math. 100 points vs. 81 points. Which one is more?
No one has scored more points in a single game than Chamberlain in NBA history. The closest person to him is 19 points away—that's how otherworldly he was that night. Plus, he didn't have the benefit of the three-point line to get to the mark quicker.
People like to trash him for the quality of competition he had, but if the players around him were bad, why didn't Bill Russell or Jerry West ever score 100? Chamberlain was in a class of his own and his 100-point game should still be regarded as the best performance ever.