Los Angeles Lakers: Kobe Bryant’s best game against every team in NBA

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Kobe Bryant’s best game against the Toronto Raptors – 81 point legendary performance

In 2006 against the Toronto Raptors Kobe put on a display in the Staples Center that was one of the greatest athletic feats of the modern era of all sports. He put up not only his career-high but the second most points that had ever been scored in an NBA game, 81 points.

After the game, it was Kobe who admitted that it was Lamar Odom cheer him on and pumping him up in each time out saying,

"“You can’t get 60.” And then he came back after the next timeout and he said, ‘You can’t get 70.” And by the next timeout, he just looked at me and said, “Ah hell, get 80!” I heard him, but I really wasn’t paying attention. I was completely focused on what I was doing and being in my own bubble. I was just attacking.”‘"

When Kobe gets in a zone anything can happen and it was never more evident than that 81 point extravaganza that occurred in 2006. Many people defended Bryant that night, but ESPN analyst Jalen Rose gets most of the flack for giving up the bulk of the points in Kobe’s legendary night.

He says that the game plan was to come out and play a 2-3 zone in the beginning of the game and that lead to Kobe getting in a rhythm that could not be stopped. As far as regular-season games go this was by far Kobe’s greatest performance of his career and it proved that he was the best and most lethal outside scorer the game had ever seen.