TIMELINE, 2004-2006: FOUR 60-PLUS PERFORMANCES IN LESS THAN TWO YEARS

TOP SINGLE-GAME SCORERS (60-PLUS)


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Bryant: Jan. 22, 2006
Bryant: Dec. 20, 2005
Iverson: Feb. 12, 2005
McGrady: March 10, 2004
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.

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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.

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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."

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Tracy McGrady scored seven in the first quarter, giving no evidence it would be a big night. By game's end, Orlando's star had 62 points (20-for-37 from the field) in a 108-99 win over Washington.

"My teammates came to me and told me to get 60, then they told me to get 70," said McGrady, who was 17-for-26 from the foul line. "If I would have made my free throws, I would have had it."

McGrady broke the previous franchise record of 53, set by Shaquille O'Neal on April 20, 1994 vs. Minnesota.


TOP SINGLE-GAME SCORERS (60-PLUS)
Pts. Date Opp.
100 Wilt Chamberlain, Phi. March 2, 1962 N.Y.
81 Kobe Bryant, L.A.L. Jan. 22, 2006 Tor.
78 Wilt Chamberlain, Phi. Dec. 8, 1961 (3OT) L.A.L.
73 Wilt Chamberlain, Phi. Jan. 13, 1962 Chi.
73 Wilt Chamberlain, S.F. Nov. 16, 1962 N.Y.
73 David Thompson, Den. April 9, 1978 Det.
72 Wilt Chamberlain, S.F. Nov. 3, 1962 L.A.L.
71 Elgin Baylor, L.A.L. Nov. 15, 1960 N.Y.
71 David Robinson, S.A. April 24, 1994 L.A.C.
70 Wilt Chamberlain, S.F. March 10, 1963 Syr.
69 Michael Jordan, Chi. March 28, 1990 (OT) Cle.
68 Wilt Chamberlain, Phi. Dec. 16, 1967 Chi.
68 Pete Maravich, N.O. Feb. 25, 1977 N.Y.
67 Wilt Chamberlain, Phi. March 9, 1961 N.Y.
67 Wilt Chamberlain, Phi. Feb. 17, 1962 St.L.
67 Wilt Chamberlain, Phi. Feb. 25, 1962 N.Y.
67 Wilt Chamberlain, S.F. Jan. 11, 1963 L.A.L.
66 Wilt Chamberlain, L.A.L. Feb. 9, 1969 Pho.
65 Wilt Chamberlain, Phi. Feb. 13, 1962 Cin.
65 Wilt Chamberlain, Phi. Feb. 27, 1962 St.L.
65 Wilt Chamberlain, Phi. Feb. 7, 1966 L.A.L.
64 Rick Barry, G.S. March 26, 1974 Por.
64 Elgin Baylor, Min. Nov. 8, 1959 Bos.
64 Michael Jordan, Chi. Jan. 16, 1993* Orl.
63 Elgin Baylor, L.A.L. Dec. 8, 1961*** Phi.
63 Wilt Chamberlain, S.F. Nov. 26, 1964 Phi.
63 Wilt Chamberlain, S.F. Dec. 14, 1962 L.A.L.
63 Joe Fulks, Phi. Feb. 10, 1949 Ind.
63 George Gervin, S.A. April 9, 1978 N.O.
63 Jerry West, L.A.L. Jan. 17, 1962 N.Y.
62 Wilt Chamberlain, S.F. March 3, 1966 Phi.
62 Wilt Chamberlain, S.F. Nov. 15, 1964 Cin.
62 Wilt Chamberlain, S.F. Jan. 29, 1963 N.Y.
62 Wilt Chamberlain, Phi. Jan. 21, 1962* Syr.
62 Wilt Chamberlain, Phi. Jan. 17, 1962* St.L.
62 Wilt Chamberlain, Phi. Jan. 14, 1962 Bos.
62 Tracy McGrady, Orl. March 10, 2004 Was.
62 Kobe Bryant, L.A.L. Dec. 20, 2005 Dal.
61 Wilt Chamberlain, S.F. Dec. 18, 1962 St.L.
61 Wilt Chamberlain, S.F. Dec. 11, 1962 Syr.
61 Wilt Chamberlain, S.F. Nov. 21, 1962 S.F.
61 Wilt Chamberlain, Phi. Feb. 28, 1962 Chi.
61 Wilt Chamberlain, Phi. Feb. 22, 1962 St.L.
61 Wilt Chamberlain, Phi. Dec. 9, 1961 Chi.
61 Michael Jordan, Chi. April 16, 1987 Atl.
61 Michael Jordan, Chi. March 4, 1987* Det.
61 Karl Malone, Utah Jan. 27, 1990 Mil.
61 George Mikan, Min. Jan. 20, 1952** Roc.
61 Shaquille O'Neal, L.A.L. March 6, 2000 L.A.C.
60 Larry Bird, Bos. March 12, 1985 Atl.
60 Wilt Chamberlain, L.A.L. Jan. 26, 1969 Cin.
60 Wilt Chamberlain, Phi. Dec. 29, 1961 L.A.L.
60 Wilt Chamberlain, Phi. Dec. 1, 1961 L.A.L.
60 Tom Chambers, Pho. March 24, 1990 Sea.
60 Allen Iverson, Phi. Dec. 12, 2005 Orl.
60 Bernard King, N.Y. Dec. 25, 1984 N.J.
* Denotes number of overtime periods

Wilt Chamberlain scored 60-plus points 32 times.
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Before Bryant, David Robinson was the last player to score 70 points.
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Michael Jordan's career high came against Cleveland in 1990.
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