Re-examining Kobe’s 81-Point Game

Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles LakersOn Jan. 22, 2006 against the Toronto Raptors, Kobe Bryant recorded the second-highest scoring game in NBA history with 81 points, second only to Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point effort more than 40 years earlier.

That year, Bryant averaged a career-best 35.4 points, to go along with 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.8 steals on 45.0 percent field goals.

We take a closer look at his historic night below:

FIRST QUARTER:
14 points, 5 of 10 field goals, 4 of 4 free throws
SECOND QUARTER:
12 points, 5 of 8 field goals, 1 of 1 three-pointers, 1 of 2 free throws

FIRST HALF:
26 points, 10 of 18 field goals, 1 of 2 three-pointers, 5 of 6 free throws
First half shot chart, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
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THIRD QUARTER:
27 points, 11 of 15 field goals, 4 of 5 three-pointers, 1 of 1 free throws
FOURTH QUARTER:
28 points, 7 of 13 field goals, 2 of 6 three-pointers, 12 of 13 free throws

SECOND HALF:
55 points, 18 of 28 field goals, 6 of 11 three-pointers, 13 of 14 free throws
Second half shot chart, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
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TOTAL:
81 points, 28 of 46 field goals, 7 of 13 three-pointers, 18 of 20 free throws
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