Can the reigning MVP top Kobe Bryant’s 81-point game record? Well, Stephen Curry himself feels nobody is capable of achieving that milestone.
Bryant posted such gigantic numbers during 122-104 win over the Toronto Raptors in 2006. Bryant did everything right that night, shooting 28 out of 46 from the field, including 7-of-13 from three-point range to notch up 81 points. Smush Parker and Chris Mihm were the closest Lakers with five field goals each.
Curry is the leading scorer in the league and his prolific three-point shooting has torched opponents on a regular basis this season. Some experts believe that if anyone is capable of matching Bryant’s phenomenal feat, it would be the reigning MVP.
“Not a chance” said Curry, according to Mark Medina Of the Los Angeles Daily. “There’s a reason why people are still talking about that game to this day. It’s so special.”
Curry and Bryant are two completely different kind of scorers. Moreover, such individual dominance comes is in sharp contrast to the Warriors’ style of game, which is based on ball movement.
During that season, Kobe Bryant led the League in terms of field-goal attempts per game. Bryant averaged 27.1 in 05-06, compared to Curry’s current 20.1 in this season. Curry is jointly the second in this regard along with Portland’s Damian Lillard, just below DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings.
“Steph is a talented enough scorer that you could definitely say it’s a possibility. But it’s not very realistic. If we’re blowing someone out, he’s going to rest.” Clarified Luke Walton, the Warriors assistant coach who has witnessed Bryant’s record as a Lakers’ reserve.
Well, the MVP has crossed the 50-point-mark thrice this season, according to the Lakers Nation. He posted highest 53 against the New Orleans Pelicans on October 31, but 81 seems a giant stride, even for the current best player of the league.