Finally: Something MJ Never Did

I’ve seen a couple of headlines that Kobe “wilted” the Raptors and that the previous Laker record (71 by Elgin Baylor) “wilted“. Wilt Chamberlain scored 78 points in 1961 100 points in a game in 1962 without the benefit of a 3 point line, though I bet Wilt never would’ve taken a 3 pointer…
Kobe is great. Amazing, really. He scored 81 points, the second most in a game ever. Much like Reggie Bush’s performance against Fresno State, it took their incredible performances to win the game. The Laker’s shouldn’t struggle against Toronto. Michael Jordan’s highest point total never passed 70. Only David Robinson, David Thompson, Elgin Baylor, and Wilt Chamberlain have scored over 70.
What do Allen Iverson, Marcus Camby, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Stephon Marbury, Ray Allen, Antoine Walker, Lorenzen Wright, Kerry Kittles, Samaki Walker, Erick Dampier, Todd Fuller, and Vitaly Potapenko have in common? They were all drafted ahead of Kobe (who, of course, was coming out of high school, before it was cool). Jermaine O’Neal also came out of high school that year.

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