Kobe Bryant, an icon of the game, left an indelible mark on basketball with his unparalleled skill and relentless competitiveness. Throughout his illustrious career, Bryant wowed fans and rivals alike with his ability to dominate games and put up staggering numbers. In this article, we delve into the top five highest-scoring games of Kobe Bryant’s extraordinary NBA journey. From his legendary performances to his unmatched scoring prowess, we relive the moments when Bryant showcased his unwavering determination to cement his legacy as one of the greatest players to ever grace the hardwood. Get ready to witness the magic as we recount Kobe Bryant‘s most awe-inspiring scoring feats.
Top 5: Kobe Bryant’s Highest-Scoring Games
5. 60 points – April 13, 2016 v Utah Jazz
Kobe Bryant addressed his final goodbye to basketball in the best manner he knew how: with an exclamation point. Bryant finished a historic career by scoring 60 points in the last game of a 101-96 victory over the Utah Jazz at Staples Centre. Bryant scored 23 points in the fourth quarter, giving him his first 50-point performance since February 2009.
4. 61 points – February 2, 2009 v New York Knicks
Almost 12 years ago, Bryant delivered one of his best performances at Madison Square Garden. ‘The Black Mamba’ scored 61 points in New York, a venue record for a visiting player, against the Knicks, who lost 126-117 to the Lakers. Bryant ended with three assists and one block on 19-of-31 shooting. He set a record by scoring 34 points in the first half alone, which was equaled in 2019 by Houston Rockets great James Harden. Read More: Top 5: Michael Jordan’s Highest-Scoring Games in NBA History
3. 62 points – December 20, 2005 v Dallas Mavericks
Kobe only needed three quarters to humiliate the Mavericks. Bryant led Dallas 62-61 at the end of the third quarter as the Lakers cruised to a 112-90 win. The Dallas Mavericks were one of the finest teams that season, reaching the NBA Finals before falling to the Miami Heat. The Mavericks, on the other hand, were schooled by Bryant, who went 18-of-31 from the floor and 22-of-25 from the free-throw line. He didn’t play in the fourth quarter.
2. 65 points – March 16, 2007 v Portland Trail Blazers
Bryant came close to matching his career-best of 81 points against the Trail Blazers at Staples Centre. The Lakers defeated the Blazers 116-111 thanks to the great guard’s 65 points. Bryant hit 23 of 39 shots, including 11 of 12 from the free throw line, and eight three-pointers. Read More: NBA Sponsors 2023-2024 List
1. 81 points – January 22, 2006 v Toronto Raptors
The pinnacle of Bryant’s career and the night he endangered Wilt Chamberlain. Kobe played 1,346 NBA games, but he was in the zone against the Raptors, scoring 81 points, falling just 19 points shy of Chamberlain’s iconic 100-point performance in 1962. Bryant led the Lakers to a 122-104 victory over the Raptors with 42 minutes of sheer excellence. Bryant’s outburst includes a 60.9 shooting percentage from the field and a 53.8 percent shooting rate from beyond the arc.
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