Special Sub-Topic: Kobe Bryant: 81-Point Game
|Oddly enough, Kobe Bryant's lowest scoring game of the season prior to this was one, was the same team that he had his 81-point game against. What team did Kobe Bryant record his 81-point game against?|
Toronto Raptors. Kobe scored only 11 points in his team's previous meeting with the Raptors. He outdid that performance in the first quarter of this game by scoring 14 points.
|Unfortunately for Kobe Bryant, another record that he was chasing came to an end during this 81-point game. During the game, Kobe missed on his sixth free throw attempt of the game, breaking his streak of how many consecutive free throws made?|
62. Although Kobe finished the night with 18 out of 20 (90%) from the free throw line, his streak of 62 straight free throws came to an end. Kobe was shooting for a record set by Michael Williams, who made 97 in a row in 1993.
|How many points was Kobe's team winning or losing by at halftime?|
Losing by 14. The Raptors had the lead at halftime 63-49. Kobe had scored 26 by that point.
|How many points did Kobe's team win or lose the game by?|
Won by 18. The Lakers, propelled by Kobe's amazing performance, outscored the Raptors 73-41 in the second half. Bryant himself outscored the Raptors 55-41 in the second half.
|One of Kobe's many offensive weapons was his ability to elevate and make difficult shots all the way out to and beyond the three-point line. How many three pointers did Kobe make in his 81-point game?|
7. Kobe Bryant finished the night 7-13 from beyond the three-point line. Not surprisingly, Kobe once set a record for the most three- pointers made in a game (12).
|Who was the only person in the game that received a technical foul?|
Kobe Bryant. Kobe received a technical foul with 10:44 left in the game after showing his frustration from being hit above his right eye. If anything, the technical foul motivated Kobe even more to continue his scoring rampage.
|How did Kobe score his final points of the game?|
Two free throws. Bryant's final points came from the free throw line with 43 seconds left in the game. Kobe's free throws pushed the Lakers' lead to 20 points. The Lakers' coach, Phil Jackson, took Kobe out of the game with 4 seconds left to allow the crowd to give him a much deserved standing ovation.
|Although Bryant scored on almost everyone on the opposing team, his primary match-up during the game was which guard/forward?|
Jalen Rose. Jalen Rose had the primary responsibility of guarding Kobe Bryant during the game, but the Raptors attempted to guard Kobe with double-teams and switches throughout the game. The other players listed did not play for the Raptors during this game.
|Which of the following did Kobe have the most of, during his 81-point game on January 22, 2006?|
Rebounds. Bryant compiled 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 1 block, and 3 turnovers during this historical game. Interestingly, Kobe did not set a personal best for number of field goal attempts during the game. His 46 attempts were one short of his previous personal record of 47 attempts on November 7, 2002, against the Boston Celtics.
|Kobe Bryant's 81-point game on January 22, 2006, helped push his points per game average to this amount, a level that hadn't been attained since Michael Jordan had it during the 1987-88 season. What was his ppg average after the game?|
35.0. Bryant's previous season high for points per game was 30.0 during the 2002-03 season. The record for most points per game during a season was 50.4 by Wilt Chamberlain during the 1961-62 season.
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