On January 22, 2006 the Black Mamba put on a performance NBA fans will never forget He became the second player in NBA history to score 80 points in a game.
Kobe scored 81 points in 42 minutes in a 122-104 win over the Toronto Raptors in Los Angeles. He shot 28-for-46 from the field, 7-for-13 from downtown and 18-for-20 from the free throw line.
10 years ago today, Kobe Bryant recorded his epic 81-point game. Stuart Scott delivered the highlight. https://t.co/3xdA79AZPf
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 22, 2016
Here are Kobe’s thoughts about that special night…
10 yrs ago today, Kobe dazzled on the court & reached one of the greatest individual achievements in sports history. https://t.co/M1DrfmNDLc
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) January 22, 2016
Arash Markazi wrote about the game and included the following quote from Kobe about how he was able to score 80 points in game:
“It’s really a testament to the power of imagination, honestly” Bryant said. “There’s a lot of players who come up now who don’t think 80 points is possible. You think 50, and if you’re really hot– 60. I never had that limit. Ever. I never, ever thought that way. I always thought 80 was possible. I thought 90 was possible. I thought 100 was possible. Always. I think that game is a testament to what happens when you put no ceiling to what you’re capable of doing.”