23 days of Toronto Raptors history: Kobe Drops 81 on Toronto
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By Go Paolo

We continue our “23 days of Toronto Raptors history” with Kobe Bryant‘s unbelievable 81-point performance. The Raptors (unfortunately) became fodder to an iconic moment in the “Black Mamba’s” legacy.

Every NBA fan remembers where they were and what they were doing on the eve of January 22, 2006: standing in awe in front of a television and watching Kobe Bryant score an insane amount of points on the hapless Toronto Raptors.

When Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in 1962, it was considered one of the most unbreakable records in sports history. But for one night, Kobe had the whole world believing he might just do it.

It was the 41st game of the season. The Raptors were in Tinseltown with a 14-26 record and were one of the league’s worst teams.

It had been just over a year since Vince Carter was traded. This was supposed to be an easy win for the Lakers, despite their middling record.

But at the half, the Raptors led the Lakers 63-49.

Kobe had 26 points and was the only player keeping the Lakers in the game. This wasn’t surprising as this Lakers team was one of the worst during the Kobe era. Outside Lamar Odom, no other Laker was worth a...

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