The NBA record for most points by a single player in the modern era is Kobe Bryant’s 81 points. Stephen Curry, currently the best offensive player in the NBA thinks he can’t beat the Lakers legend’s total even if he tried.
“Not a chance,” Curry said via San Gabriel Valley Tribune when asked about matching or surpassing Kobe’s single game score total. “There’s a reason why people are still talking about that game to this day. It’s so special.”
“A lot of it has to do with our system and the way we play. Kobe had a reason to get up as many shots as he did in the [Toronto] game. I don’t think anybody will get up 40-plus attempts no matter how hot they are.”
Here’s Kobe’s 81 points vs. Toronto Raptors in 2006:
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Here’s Steph’s career-high of 54 points against the New York Knicks in 2013:
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“The Black Mamba” shot 28 of 46 field goals including 7 of 13 from the three-point line and 18 of 20 from the free throw line against the Raptors. Kobe’s Lakers beat Toronto 122-104.
“Chef Curry” shot 18 of 28 field goals including 11 of 13 three-pointers and 7 of 7 from the free throw line against the Knicks. Curry’s Warriors lost to New York though, 109-105.
The NBA record is Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 point game but it’s not considered as good in the modern era because of different NBA rules back then.
This season, Curry has scored 53 points against the New Orleans Pelicans (Oct. 31, 2015), 51 points against the Washington Wizards (Feb. 3, 2016) and 51 points against the Orlando Magic (Feb. 25, 2016).
Can Stephen Curry reach Kobe Bryant’s 81 point milestone this season or before the end of his career?
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