Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bryant vs. Michael Jordan: 81 Or 69?

bob bobAnalyst IJuly 24, 2009

They have been compared to religious figures.

They are acknowledged by many as the greatest in their individual eras.

They are truly bona-fide superstars of the NBA.

During a lazy afternoon a couple of weeks ago, I stumbled upon this video, sitting prettily inside the confines of YouTube. It's topic was about Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan: who had the better overall performance, Kobe's 81 points or Michael's 69 points?

Each of those point totals are each player's highest scoring performance in their career...thus far.

They are certainly unbelievable numbers for a player to score in a single game, but whose single game performance was more impressive to you viewers?

Kobe's or Michael's?

Here are Kobe's stats in the high-scoring game: 81 points, six rebounds, two assists, three steals, and one block.

Notable: He shot a blistering 28-46 from the field, making over 50 percent of his shots from behind the arc to the rim. The Lakers were down by double digits starting the second quarter before Kobe started shooting lights out. Kobe was also shooting 90 percent from the charity line.

 

Here are Michael's stats in his high-scoring game: 69 points, 18 rebounds, six assists, and four steals.

Notable: He shot a hot .621 percent from the field making 23-37 field goal attempts. When he scored 69 points, it was an overtime thriller against the Cleveland Cavaliers. MJ had his career high in rebounds as well with those 18 boards grabbed.

 

Each option, whether it is Kobe or MJ, have defensible opinions that are understandable. Kobe had the higher point total, while MJ had the better rebounding numbers, etc. Their are no right or wrong answers.

So...which performance impressed YOU the most?              

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