9. "81"

Date: 1/22/2006

Kobe Bryant isn't seven feet tall. He relies primarily on jump shots and slashes to the rim. Though the Toronto Raptors were indeed a sorry bunch, they were also far more equipped to defend Kobe than those poor saps matched up against Wilt every night. With that in mind, it's difficult not to consider this the greatest scoring performance ever. 81 points, with 55 in the second half alone. It was the perfect storm of ability, opportunity, and motivation. Kobe couldn't do it again if he tried. We doubt anyone else could either.