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THROWBACK: When Kobe Dropped 81 On Toronto

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THROWBACK: When Kobe Dropped 81 On Toronto

He may be retired, but back in 2006 a 27-year-old Kobe Bryant was a three time NBA Champion who was deciding it'd be a laugh to tear apart the Toronto Raptors single handed.

Twelve years ago today, 'Black Mamba' sunk 81 points, the second highest points total scored by a single player in NBA (behind Wilt Chamberlain's 100 point haul in 1962) to deliver a 122-104 victory to the Lakers, who had trailed by 18 points heading into the final quarter.


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Sinking seven of 13 three pointers, 18 of 20 from the free throw line and 28 of 46 from the floor while also laying on two assists and six rebounds.


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Speaking after the legendary performance, Bryant said, "That was something that just happened. It's tough to explain. It's just one of those things.

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"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."

Kobe would go onto lift another two NBA Championships, in 2009 and 2010, being named as MVP in both finals. Amazingly, just a month previously, Bryant scored just 11 points against the Raptors.

Featured Image Credit: NBA

Topics: Basketball, NBA, LA Lakers

Joe Baiamonte
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