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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 at 3:15 pm  |  53 responses

Jalen Rose Recalls Kobe Bryant’s 81-Point Game (VIDEO)

“How did we let that happen?”

Jalen Rose’s storytelling has become quite a popular online feature, and rightfully so. In the latest installment, Jalen goes back to the Kobe Bryant and Sam Mitchell wells for material, as he relives what it was like to look on helplessly as Bean erupted for 81 points against Rose and the Toronto Raptors.

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  • LakeShow

    Ah a glorious day it was.
    More impressive than Wilt’s 100 IMO.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Nah, not better than Wilt’s 100. Against the Toronto Raptors? Kobe’s 62 in 3 quarters against the Mavs may have been better than his 81 against the Raptors.

  • zogs19994

    OF COURSE IT IS!!! ANYONE THAT DISAGREES IS AN IDIOT…
    WILT’S ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLAYERS, BUT ITS A LOOOOT EASIER TO SCORE LAY-UPS THAN FADEAWAYS..

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    You need to get those stars out of your eyes for your one and only Kobe

  • underdog

    Dude, what do you mean “Against the Toronto Raptors?”. Most of these NBA players couldn’t score 81 if the other team had 3 player on the court. Droppin’ 81 on any NBA team is a huge thing. Don’t try to degrade it. About Wilt – it’s not smart to compare the two achievement. Different times.

  • danpowers

    to me jordans 50pt games against a tough 90s-ny knicks defense in the garden or the 60-pt game against bostin in playoffs were more impressive

  • LakeShow

    ok

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Not degrading it. Just put it in perspective. Take a look at that Raptors roster. It was a great game, but wasn’t as great as scoring 100 points. Also, Wilt added 25 rebounds in that game by the way.

  • Max

    This is great lmao

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    I agree

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    Co sign mr powers

  • Guest

    I agree me powers

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ehh, Wilt scored 100 on a team that only had one player taller than 6’9″, none within 30lbs of Wilt and his teammates were force feeding him the ball. What Kobe did was pure unadulterated scoring genius. But his 62 in 3 quarters against Dallas was better.

  • Junior Taylor

    Sorry but a 100 is a 100!. I don’t care if it’s against the aliens from Space Jam.

  • KobeBryantTaskForce

    Just the perfect example of a kobe hater.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that’s like saying, “flying to Australia in a day is flying to Australia in a day, i don’t care if he had a jet that can fly around the world 8 times in a tank of gas” – Wilt Chamberlain was like a Jet racing against the Wright Brothers, while Kobe was like a Jet racing against similar Jets with worse mechanics.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    if you know absolutely nothing about how good those defenses were and how many points per game they were scoring anyway……sure

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    people are crazy taking things out of context. Scoring 63 in the Garden was great because he was so young. Not because they were some defensive Juggernaut. That Boston team gave up 105 points per game (good for 3rd best in the league). Scoring a lot of points was A LOT easier the further you go back in history.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    “He didn’t say a word”

  • http://twitter.com/stepfdelaghetto Stepfan Raiford

    Inept Raptor hahahah Story time: Sam Mitchell can’t coach.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Says the guy who named himself “KobeBryantTaskForce”.

  • Chukaz

    didn’t some dude have on wilt’s team have a 40 point game the same game where wilt scored 100? that kinda makes me less impressed by Wilt’s game. To those people knocking kobe for scoring a bunch of points against the raptors, there were ball teams during jordan’s career and jordan never scored 80. the clippers have been around for a long time. Jordan coulda scored 80 on them but he didn’t. I would like to see how kobe’s 81 points would look like adjusted for pace with a base year of like 1985. it would probably be something like 105 points. Somebody make one of the espn stat geeks work this out.

  • Chukaz

    i meant bad teams, not ball teams

  • LakeShow

    I like power.

  • robb

    Wilt’s 100 game is incredibly overrated. It would be like Kobe playing against 5 Mario Chalmers all night.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    You won’t find many people who will agree with you on that.

  • Hursty

    Jalen Rose is hilarious. He’s great.
    “we suck. We’re idiots.” lmao

  • danpowers

    that was playoff basketball and wasnt it also a playoff record, making him the first one ever to score 63 in a playoff game?

  • Mariano

    The Raptors were arguably the worst defensive team in the league. Watch the game again, Kobe was basically walking through the defense. The Raptors had just as many competent defensive players as the Knicks had

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Yes it is a playoff record. It was also an overtime game. And 63 is a lot less than 81

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    He scored 81 on the Raptors. Not 55.

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  • danpowers

    true, impressed me more tho. maybe it was because i saw it on tape when i was younger and it left a bigger impression or because bryant made his 81 pts look so easy by dissecting the raps (poor) defense, i dont know. 81 is still a very impressive performance. just said who impressed me more and being impressed is a very subjective feeling, sure.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    No doubt, that’s my bad for tryna change people’s opinion on something like that.

  • spit hot fiyah

    he’s killing me with the baseball bat

  • TR

    I dont know man, the way the lane is wide open right now makes for some pretty easy scoring. The game has just changed a lot, but people have always scored a lot of points in every era

  • swerve

    wilt played more minutes than kobe,at wilts rate of minutes kobe would have had 106 points,also kobes was better than wilts because it was a 18 point comeback win and the lakers ended up winning by 20points. Nuff said

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Naw, factually speaking, scoring has gone down pretty consistently over time. Evolution of the game, an increased focus on defense. Which at the NBA level was not really a focus at all for entire teams until the “Bad Boy” Pistons showcased what a great defensive unit (for their era) could do. Plus Jordan was playing in the illegal defense era where zones were outlawed and isolations ruled the land. Kobe scored 81 against a man to man and 1-2-2 zone. The only thing Toronto didn’t do (inexplicably) was double team him every time he touched the ball.
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  • swerve

    @ByAnyMeansNecessary, im pretty sure it would be easier to drop points on the 1962 knicks rather than the 2006raptors lmao

  • swerve

    Plus at the start of the 4th , wilts team fouled the knicks every possesion just to give it back to wilt, #preach

  • swerve

    I win

  • Swerve

    Look at my arguement and tell me im wrong, u know I won

  • Swerve

    scroll below to see it,its the best one here

  • BROOKLYNtillIdie

    Swerve just killed this arguement lol

  • KobeBryantTaskForce

    @disqus_pjIQMFNqgq:disqus Says the guy thats a nobody.

  • Ugh

    Wilt scored 100 on the Knicks, not 81.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Thank you cherry blossom. Now did anyone say the defenders on the team Wilt played were relatively close in competition to those against Kobe like the person I replied to said of Jordan? No? Then nevermind, not thank you.
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  • Ugh

    Some food for thought about the Wilt-Kobe debate, featuring actual relevant data rather than flaming opinion.
    The Lakers were 22-19 and the Raptors were 14-27. The Warriors were 47-29 and the Knicks were 27-46. So the Warriors were relatively better than Knicks than the Lakers were the Raptors. Conclusion: Wilt had a relatively less skilled opponent.
    The Raptors were on the fourth game of a five game road trip in January, the Lakers were at home, having just played host to the Heat, then played road games in Sacramento and Phoenix. Both the Warriors and Knicks were on the road playing an away game in Hershey, PA – however, Wilt lived in NY. Wilt travelled the same distance as his opponent to get to to the game, and in fact gave two of them a ride. Conclusion: Kobe was at better rested, at home against a fatigued team.
    It was January for Kobe, and he was averaging 41mpg, 41 games into the season. Wilt was playing the 80th game of the season in which he had played almost every minute of every game, and some overtime games, too, averaging 48.5mpg for the year. Conclusion: Kobe was better rested from that perspective, too.
    Kobe was single teamed (as Jalen will tell you). Wilt was consistently double teamed and played the fourth quarter with three or four Knicks on him, and the last few minutes with the entire team on him. (Source: “Wilt, 1962″, and the radio broadcast of the game). Conclusion: Wilt was playing against harder defence. Wilt played when not only was hand-checking legal, but full body checks were routine and punching wasn’t out of the ordinary. (Addendum: Wilt was once hit by an uncalled fouled so hard it knocked two of his teeth into his jaw. He stayed in the game.)
    Wilt went 36-63 (57%) from the field and 28-32 (87%) from the line. Kobe went 28-46 (61%) from the field, 18-20 FT (90%). Kobe had a better shooting game. Had Kobe been limited to 2 point FGs, his 7 threes would have made his score 74. Conclusion: Kobe was more efficient.

    What to draw from this? Irrespective of the level of athleticism and talent over the two eras (which, on close analysis of actual game footage from the 60s, is actually less important than other factors involved, like refereeing and the excruciating schedule and transport faced by the players in the old days), Kobe had an easier time of it. Given the single teaming he got from the Raptors, how rested he was in terms of being at home and the point in the season, he barely performs better than Wilt, who is multi-teamed, at the end of a year in which he is setting an all-time record for most minutes played. He also scores an extra seven points from the three point line – and, contrary to popular belief, Wilt’s game in his early career was a mid-range game and the eyewitness accounts chronicled in “Wilt, 1962″ indicate much of his first half was scored from mid-range jumpers.
    I don’t think Kobe’s 81 is better than Wilt’s 100.

  • danpowers

    dont worry, your comments often get me thinking twice or at least remind me of aspects i forgot long time ago because i often post here quite sluggish. your efforts arent for nothing lol

  • SMula

    just to make it clear, there was no 3 second rule back in Wilts time, ok now carry on with your debate (by the way, Kobe’s 81 by far better than Wilts 100, one of the most EFFECIENT high scoring game in NBA history)

  • Ahmedsabombdiggidi24

    Wilt scoring 100 points was like Kobe scoring 67 in 15 minutes against some celebrity’s in china

  • Ahmedsabombdiggidi24

    Yuppers

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i appreciate it man

  • zogs19994

    YOU NEED TO GET YOUR HEAD OUTTA YOUR ASS!

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