10 years on: Watch Kobe Bryant's historic 81-point game in 3 minutes

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It is rather fitting that the day after he was named a starter in what will be his final All-Star game, we are today remembering one of the finest moments of Kobe Bryant's 20-year NBA career.

That's because January 22, 2016 marks the 10-year anniversary of the Black Mamba's sensational 81-point night against the Toronto Raptors.

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The stunning performance sums up perfectly what Bryant was capable of in his prime and, as he continues his farewell tour before retirement, what better way to celebrate than cramming all 81 of his points into one three-minute video.

Scroll down this article to relive one of the most memorable nights in NBA history.


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Bryant's stat line from the 2006 score-fest is as follows; 81 points, 28-of-46 field goals, 7-of-13 three-pointers, 18-of-20 free throws. But you'd probably rather watch those shots than read about them...

Only Wilt Chamberlain - dropping his famous 100-points back in 1962 - has scored more points in a single game and, over the ensuing decade, the only other player to get within 20 points of Kobe's 81 was Carmelo Anthony - the Knicks star putting up 62 points against Charlotte in 2014.

In fact, as if to underline his scoring ability, it is the Lakers star himself who has come closest to reaching the target, shooting 65 in 2007.

But back to that historic night in 2006. In honor of the 10-year anniversary, Kobe himself, in a series of videos for the NBA, has opened up about just what was going through his mind as the box score racked up.

NBA fans: Will any current player ever beat Kobe's 81-point game? Have your say in the comments below...

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