Kobe Bryant recorded the second-highest single-game scoring mark in NBA history in a 122-104 win over Toronto at Staples Center. Bryant made 28 of his 46 field goal attempts, including 7-of-13 from downtown and hit 18-of-20 from the line. He scored 55 points in the second half, just four points shy of Wilt Chamberlain's record for points in a half.
"I couldn't even dream of this when I was a kid," Bryant said. "There was no way possible."
It was only the tenth 70-plus point performance in the history of the NBA.
Kobe Bryant scored a then career-high 62 points against the Mavericks... without even playing the fourth quarter. Bryant hit 18 of his 31 shots from the field and 22-of-25 from the free throw line in a 112-90 win over Dallas. At the end of three, he had outscored the Mavericks 62-61. With the Lakers up big, there was no need for him to come out for the fourth.
"It's a great feeling to do it here at Staples Center, in front of our fans," Bryant said. "They've been extremely supportive of us and patient, and to be able to give them this show, and before Christmas, it's kind of an early Christmas present for them."
Bryant became the 19th different player to score 60 points in a game.
Allen Iverson is a scoring machine and that fact was never better displayed than on February 12, 2005. Iverson scored 60 points on 17-of-36 from the field and 24-of-27 from the line, while also dishing out six assists in a 112-99 win over Orlando.
Iverson became just the second player in franchise history to score 60 in a game, the other being Wilt Chamberlain, who did it three times with the Sixers. It was Iverson's third 50-plus game of the season and the ninth of his career.
"I just felt that I was in real good rhythm," Iverson said. "The craziest thing about it, it wasn't a jump-shooting rhythm. It was just constantly attacking all night long. That's what I did and I guess that's why I went to the free-throw line as much as I did."
Before Bryant, David Robinson was the last player to score 70 points. J.D. Cuban/Getty Images/NBAE
Michael Jordan's career high came against Cleveland in 1990. Bill Baptist/NBAE/Getty Images