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Last Updated: Monday, 23 January 2006, 06:11 GMT
Bryant nets 81 points for Lakers
Kobe Bryant
Bryant scored 62 points in one game last December
Kobe Bryant scored 81 points in LA Lakers' 122-104 win over Toronto on Sunday - the second highest total in the history of the NBA.

Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points for Philadelphia in 1962 and only two other players have ever scored more than 70.

Bryant, 27, improved on his own personal scoring best of 62 points, set against Dallas last December.

"I couldn't dream of this when I was a kid," said Bryant. "I was a little tired at the end, but motivated."

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

Wary of his team's image as a one-man band, Jackson added: "It's not exactly the way you want to win a game.

"But when you have to win, it's great to have that weapon to be able to do it. It's just a personal challenge for Kobe to attack the whole team."

Bryant laughed when he was asked if he thought scoring 100 points might be attainable, but didn't rule it out.

"I guess it's possible for me," he said.

  • Ray Allen sank the game-winner as Seattle beat Phoenix 152-149 in the highest-scoring NBA game in 11 years.

    Allen's 32-footer at the double-overtime buzzer saw the Sonics end the Suns' six-game home winning streak, in a contest that saw nine lead changes and 10 ties in the final 13 minutes.

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