Damian Lillard named the Splash Brothers along with himself in a list of 5 players who could score more than 81 points in a game.
Kobe will receive the ultimate honor for a sportsperson this week as his induction to the Hall of Fame is finalized. He’s the only player to have 2 jersey numbers retired by an NBA franchise, and with good reason.
The Lakers legend set several scoring records and had some truly jaw-dropping performances. The Black Mamba elevated the game to new heights by adding and inventing new moves to his arsenal. Kobe took moves from the likes of Jordan, Hakeem, Dirk and Kevin McHale to make himself an unstoppable offensive force.
There were days when Kobe would go downright nuclear on his opponents, and you could actually sense those days in the offing as a Mamba fan. Everyone who was a basketball fan at the time remembers exactly where they were when they heard about his 81-point game.
Damian Lillard names Steph Curry as one of 5 players who could beat Kobe Bryant’s 81
Lillard was recently a guest on the Dan Patrick Show. The Blazers legend talked about several things basketball, and one of the topics was related to Steph’s recent scoring barrage.
Dame Dolla has ultimate self-confidence as a scorer. So naturally when Dan asked him if there are current players who could beat Kobe’s 81, he rattled off 5 names with a chance of getting it done:
“If somebody gets close to Kobe’s 81, I think it would be between me, Steph, Devin Booker, can really get hot. I would say someone on Brooklyn, but with all three of them being out there, it’s going to be tough. So I would say me, Steph, Devin Booker, Klay could do it, and I think Bradley Beal can do it too.”
“It’s going to take a crazy night, but it can happen. It would have to be against a team with a big that is not mobile. Because they wouldn’t be able to be as high like in pick-n-rolls and stuff like that.”
Steph and Klay have both been robbed of multiple chances to take on the challenge of this record. Bryant’s 81 points are the highest by a player in a single game in the 3-point era.