Congratulations Kobe Bryant, 61 Points – New Madison Square Garden Record!

kobemsgAs the entire Lakers Nation has been blue regarding the Bynum news, Kobe came out on a mission and put on a historic show that the basketball mecca of the world has never seen before.

Shooting: 19 for 31 Field Goals, 20 for 20 Free Throws.

Kobe racked up 61 points and with 61 points against the Knicks on Monday, Kobe Bryant broke a tie with Michael Jordan to move into sole possession of second place on the league’s all-time list with five 60-point games in his career. Wilt Chamberlain holds the record with 32 games of 60 or more points.

He broke the MSG record of Jordan’s 55 points and broke a Knicks record by Bernard King of 60. Unreal. He left the game to a stunned standing ovation from the Knicks crowd. I got one word: MVP. With Bynum out, Kobe looks forward to putting this team on his back and carrying us back to the NBA Finals. Tonight was a show for the ages….

You can discuss Kobe’s historical performance on the TLN Forums.

Additionally, here was Kobe in the postgame press conference on his big night…

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  • LA4LIFE

    It was a great performance. Hope his teammates pick up their energy as well

  • Eidraq

    amazing

  • DWinsRings

    Yea what a game, i went to the game, and im honered to see Kobe score 61 and i was yelling like crazy,

  • mr.laker19

    Simply the best thats ever done it. Better then Bernard, Way better then Lebrick, better than Wade and even better then… Yeah I said it JORDAN! Everyone look at your little brother or son and say “We are now witnessing the greatest.”

  • http://ld2k.com Chris Manning

    It was historic, magical, amazing… I don’t even know words to describe it. The way he got the 61 was ridiculous and it shows you. When players like Kobe get a lot of free throws, he can really rack up points.

    Just unreal.

  • lyk13

    With all these congratulations, it’s gonna be short-lived. We have 2 huge games coming up, time for the team to get back in sync and be prepared to hit their 10th loss in their record.

    Lakers for life, Champs 2009.

  • west818

    CONGARUTALIONS KOBE on ur 3rd highest scoring game. good job. keep up the good work and team start making plans for the game against the cavs and boston. andrew be back in less than 8 weeks!!!

  • west818

    CONGRATULATIONS

  • http://ld2k.com Chris Manning

    lyk – I agree. But Kobe sent a message to his teammates. Instead of them barely winning this game. Kobe sent a message as if to say, just follow me fellas.

    Beyond that, Gasol played great as well.

    Bring on the Raptors next.

  • mr.laker19

    Hey chris, update the calendar man

  • Eidraq

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    uh oh…did you say…the raptors??

  • xplayforrealx

    Man I turned on the tv in the 3rd quarter when Kobe had 46 =/.. Great game by Kobe though.

  • gugy

    Kobe is the MVP hands down.

    Sorry Lebron, not this season.

  • LAKing

    Just when things have gotten bad here in Lakersland, Kobe gives us hope. Congratulations Mamba, the REAL MVP!!!!!

  • trade_lamo

    How many times do I have to say it …

    G.O.A.T. !!!!!!!!!!

  • Lakers 24 7

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    Poor Toronto…I hope Kobe shows some sympathy and drops just 80 on them this time…

  • YellowPurpleFever

    WOW! 24 DOES IT AGAIN! LETS GET BOSTON AND CAVS. Starts Josh Powell at PF.

  • lyk13

    Chris – As always man. See you in the forums, I was on a denial attempt to avoid. Since CHA game.

  • Eternal

    Congrats to Kobe!!!

  • http://yahoo.com mark

    kobe will carry this lakers to the finals again, til bynum comes back..

    KOBE MVP ’09
    LAKERS NBA CHAMPS ’09

  • RWHITE

    The most amazing part of his game was that he only played for 36 minutes. Had he played the whole game he could’ve scored at LEAST 70, maybe 80.

  • penistone

    one word! “”"GOAT”"” raptors nxt! de ja vu anyone?!

  • bernzter

    Go the Lakers!!!

    The good thing about the game was that Kobe not only got 61 but Pau got 31 as well…

    Two headed prong? Let’s get the rest of the team in with us… Go LA onward to victory!!!

    Poor Raptors…

  • Lakers 24 7

    I love how Kobe can score 61 and it’s only his “4th highest career scoring performance”. Other dudes only dream about scoring 50, but Kobe scores 61 and it’s only his “4th highest” lol

    Kobe’s toe nail>>>>>NBA

  • LAKERMIKE247

    DONT 4GET KOBE HAS 2 BAD FINGERS ON HIS SHOOTING HAND AND STILL GOT 61
    G.O.A.T

  • Eidraq

    this one is pissing me off…espn wrote an article about kobe but somehow, they’re golden boy gets the spotlight to this…

    “And to LeBron James, you now should be fully aware of what the arena scoring record is when you make your last MSG appearance of the regular season on Wednesday night. The magic number will be 62″.
    -Chris Sheriden

    fck lebron…kobe has more skill in his banged up pinky than does lebron as a whole

  • basketbolista!

    kobe and pau taking care of business.
    if kobe and pau will do that nice performance every game even without andrew we can win a championship.

  • http://www.dunkadelictv.com Dunkadelic Kobe24

    Kobe’s Dunkadelic Garden 61 Point Show, Kobe is still the best player in the NBA. LeBron is great but K-Baller24 stiil holds the title. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee….

  • roscoe

    LMAO at the sportsnation poll on the daily dime. Will Kobe ever get 61 points or more again:

    95% yes,
    5% no.

  • sketch

    OMG!! what a move that kobe put on in the fourth. even spike lee got off of his ass to give kobe props to the audience at Madison Square Garden! you know that every kid with a ball in his hand is going to try that move tomorrow on the playground! lol!

    61 friggin points! 61! just imagine fellas, had Snaq been here and not ousted by his own laziness and retardedness, no basketball fan would ever witness what kobe bryant has done. the 81 point game, the 62 points through 3 quarters, and tonight the 61 points at Madison Square Garden (the most ever by anyone…knicks or opposing).

    with the fat Snaq here, kobe would have continued to defer and defer and never would have had the chance to throw off of the shackles and the reins. with the fat fcuk gone, we were able to see the true talents of kobe bryant unfold before our eyes. we, as basketball fans, are able to see what feats are possible by a basketball player when he sets his mind and heart to it as kobe has.

    haters may say that lebron or wade is just as good if not better because of what they were able to achieve at their respective ages, but think about this…they were given their own team from the get go. ever since they came into the league, they were given free rein to do as they please to win. kobe on the other hand had to share his throne with a fat lazy fcuk. even then we could see the potential in this young talent. he was still able to show us glimpses of what we, laker fans, would deem as the heir and air apparent. and just look at what we are now able to see from the greatest player not just on the lakers, but possibly ever!

    even jordan himself was given the keys to drive the bulls anyway he wanted when he first came in. kobe was the only one out of these superstars who had to share his team which stifled his growth and development somewhat. but he was always prepared, he kept working at it until look at where he is today! 81, 62, and 61 respectively! he is the most dominating offensive weapon that the baskeball world has ever seen. he is the WMD! and pudgy pierce can just STFU!!!! he is not even worthy to be mentioned in the same sentence! “the best player in the world”…$hit, pudgy pierce ain’t even the best player on his team! fcuk that, it ain’t even his team anymore…it’s kg’s now.

    anyway, enough rambling…i’ll just end it with KOBE IS THE BEST! GO LAKERS!!!!!!!

  • myriam

    Amazing but i;m not surprised. Whatelse do you expext from the MVP.
    Lakers deserved to win that game. They played wee. keep up the good work. CONGRATULATIONS MY HERO KOBE BRYANT for setting a new record at MSG.You are the greatest, best fit to be BEST PLAYER ON THE PLANET

  • MIKEB

    I APOLOGIZE 4 DA DELAYED RESPONSE, BUT, I HAVE TO ADMIT AFTER ANYTIME HE DISPLAYS AN IMMACULATE PERFORMANCE LIKE LASTNIGHT, I LIKE TO GLOAT AND PULL UP ALL THE NEWSPAPERS IN THE COUNTRY ALL THE WEBSITES, EVEN LISTEN TO SOME RADIO STATIONS, AND LISTEN TO A WIDE VARIETY OF JOCKING ACROSS THE WORLD, ITS JUST COOL BECAUSE HE IS OUR AMBASSADOR HE REPRESENTS US WELL.

    EVER SINCE 1998 I DECLARED HIM AS BRUCE LEROY, PEOPLE ASK ME WHY AND HOW DID HE BECOME THAT PERSON. SIMPLE, WE ALL KNOW THAT BRUCE LEROY FROM THE “LAST DRAGON,” WAS A YOUNGSTER ON A MIISSION THAT NEEDED TO BE COMPLETE A CIRCLE TO BECOME A MASTER, BUT, HE DIDN’T REALIZE THAT THE MISSION ALREADY WAS COMPLETED, ONCE HE GOT THE COURAGE, THE STRENGTH, HE GOT THE “GLOW,” THE REST IS HISTORY. KOBE, SAME THING, BUT, HE JUST DIDN’T WAKE UP AND SAY, “IM BRUCE LEROY,” HE HAD TO BATTLE HIS WAY THROUGH THE BEST THERE WERE IN THE LATE 90′S YOU KNOW, BUT, YOU WANNA KNOW WHAT REALLY SEPERATES L.B.J AND K.B. IS KOBE WENT TOE TO TOE AGAINST M.J. LEBRON DIDN’T, BUT, IN THAT “98″ SEASON KOBE WAS DETERMINED ON HOW TO BECOME GREAT, SO HE PLAYED HIS BEST AGAINST THE BEST M.J. THAT IS WHEN HE WAS CAPABLE OF HAVING THE GLOW.

    BY THE TIME KOBE WON HIS 3RD NBA TITLE HE STILL FELT THAT THERE IS MORE TO SHOW THE WORLD SOMETHING SO AMAZING THAT WE WOULDN’T BELIEVE, SO HE SCORED 12 CONSECUTIVE GAMES OF 40PTS OR MORE BUT IT WAS WHEN HE DROPPED HIS 1ST 60 PT GAME, THAT IS WHEN HE OFFICIALLY BECAME THE BEHOLDER OF THE GLOW.

    THE GLOW BASICALLY MEANS THAT HE IS UNSTOPPABLE, JUST LIKE WHEN SUPER MARIO TOUCHES STARMAN, BRUCE LEE IN FIST OF FURY, BUT THE CRAZY THING IS, THE BEST DEFENSE AGAINST HIM WHEN HE HAS DA GLOW, IS PRAYING, ALL B-S ASIDE, BUT, HE HAS NO CLUE THAT HE HAS THE GLOW, JUST SIMPLY AMAZING!

  • Dave

    MikeB

    Caps lock off, please. Why yell?

  • LAKing

    I can’t believe Kobe did this with a dislocated ring finger and a torn ligament on his pinky. LeBron will never be in that same killer level as Kobe. Kobe is a true warrior and that’s what makes him a legend.

  • MIKEB

    My bad DAVE but I just get caught up in the moment whenever he get’s da GLOW!

  • http://www.vidaguerrasbutt.com/vida-guerra-playboy-picture-a_17.html#pic daboss1849

    That was the funniest game all season to watch. I know we won’t win it all with kobe doing all the scoring but man the games are so exciting when he does. I still remember the the toronto game, dallas game and portland game those are just as memorable as the 3 ships he won…

  • pio2u

    M.V.P. (nuff said)

  • MILO

    Kobe is just simply the best and if this does’nt pUt him on top for the MVP race then i dont know what will.YET 1 MORE ARENA OTHER THAN STAPLES WHERE KOBE GETS MVP CHANTS JORDAN LEBRON AND WADE, EAT YOU’RE HEARTS OUT…

  • imfasterthanur

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    I concur with the fingernail.

  • sketch

    i agree! the 81 point night came outta necessity because the lakers were playing like crap and were down to the raptors by i believe as many as 15! that’s when kobe said “fcuk it!” had he set out to score like that from the get go…wilt chamberlain would have been crying in his grave!

  • barry

    what’s the big deal? no rebounds and only 3 assists. on the other hand the REAL MVP may have only scored 52 pts, but he had a triple double with TEN rebounds and ELEVEN assists against the knicks tonight.

  • sketch

    the big deal is that kobe will do whatever is necessary to win the game. he can hit the clutch shots that le hype can’t!