On December 20th, 2020, Kobe Bryant made history by breaking Michael Jordan’s record for most points scored in a single game. Bryant scored 81 points in a 122-104 victory over the Toronto Raptors, surpassing Jordan’s previous record of 69 points.
The game was a historic one for Bryant, who was playing in his fifth season with the Los Angeles Lakers. He started the game off strong, scoring 18 points in the first quarter and then adding another 22 in the second. He continued to dominate in the third quarter, scoring 28 points, and then finished off the game with 13 points in the fourth quarter.
Bryant’s performance was nothing short of remarkable. He shot 28-46 from the field, 7-13 from three-point range, and 18-20 from the free throw line. He also had six rebounds, four assists, three steals, and two blocks.
The game was a testament to Bryant’s skill and determination. He was able to break Jordan’s record despite the fact that the Raptors were playing a zone defense, which is designed to limit the effectiveness of a single player.
Bryant’s performance was also a reminder of the greatness of Michael Jordan. Jordan’s record had stood for nearly 20 years, and it took a special player to break it.
Bryant’s 81-point performance was a fitting end to a remarkable career. He retired in 2016 after 20 seasons with the Lakers, and his legacy will live on for generations to come. He will always be remembered as one of the greatest players in NBA history, and his record-breaking performance will be remembered as one of the greatest individual performances in the history of the game.