Kobe Bryant walks off the court to MVP chants from the STAPLES Center crowd.
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Jan. 22, 2008 -- Where were you on Jan. 22, 2006? It's a night that will live in basketball lore for quite some time. Kobe Bryant tallied 81 points against the Raptors in a 122-104 Lakers win. The 81 is the second highest single-game point total in NBA history, behind only Wilt Chamberlain's 100 over 40 years ago.

With no footage of Wilt's perfomance around, Kobe's night was something that the NBA had never seen before. Now, two years later, people across the league are still buzzing about the historic night.

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"I've seen some remarkable games but I've never seen anything like that before," said Lakers coach Phil Jackson, who played against Chamberlain and coached Jordan.

Relive Bryant's night of all nights as NBA.com brings you full in-depth coverage of everything Kobe, everything 81.

TOP SINGLE-GAME SCORERS
1.Wilt Chamberlain, Phi.3/2/62N.Y.100
2.Kobe Bryant, L.A.L.1/22/06TOR81
3.Wilt Chamberlain, Phi.12/8/61 (3OT)L.A.L.78
4.Wilt Chamberlain, Phi.1/13/62Chi.73
Wilt Chamberlain, S.F.11/16/62N.Y.73
David Thompson, Den.4/9/78Det.73
7.Wilt Chamberlain, S.F.11/3/62L.A.L.72
8.Elgin Baylor, L.A.L.11/15/60N.Y.71
9.David Robinson, S.A.4/24/94L.A.C.71
10.Wilt Chamberlain, S.F.3/10/63Syr.70

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

NO. 8 GOES FOR 81
  • Reaction: Oh What a Night!
  • Recap: Lakers Win
  • Boxscore: Lakers 122, Raptors 104
  • Click and Roll: Points a Plenty
  • Bill's Bank Shots: Nothing Routine About Sunday Night
  • Lakers.com: Kobe Plays Four Quarters
  • Inside the Numbers: Kobe’s 81
  • History: Wilt's 100-point game
  • NBA Scoring Race: Three for 30
  • 60-Plus: Top Single-Game Scorers
  • Photos: Kobe Gallery
  • Around the Association: Jan. 22, 2006
  • Dec: Kobe tallies 62 in three quarters
  • Video Games: Can you score 81 with Kobe?

  • PLAYER POS MIN FGM-A 3FGM-A FTM-A REB-O REB-D REB-TOT AST PF ST TO BS PTS
    Kobe Bryant G 41:56 28-46 7-13 18-20 2 4 6 2 1 3 3 1 81

    Shot Chart: Kobe's made field goals. No. 8 indicates eight dunks/lay-ups. He also converted 18 of 20 free throws.