People forget that not too long before that 81 pt game, Kobe dropped 62 in 3 quarters vs the Mavs. I would argue that this was a far more impressive performance, and it is likely he would have topped 81 in that game, had he played in the 4th quarter. I'm still upset with Phil for that, would the best Baseball Manager of all time take out his pitcher who is throwing a perfect game... simply because his team is up 10-0?
- Kobe outscored the Mavs, 62-61 in the first 3 quarters
- The Mavs went onto play in the Finals that year - they were a legit team, unlike Toronto
- Kobe had less than 62 pts after 3 quarters in the Toronto game
- Kobe had in'n'out before this game...ok jk I made that up (although it might not be far from the truth considering his 81pt pre game meal)