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Stephen Curry Comments on Possibility of Topping Kobe Bryant's 81-Point Game

Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, right, greets Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) prior to an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Joseph ZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 5, 2017

Stephen Curry is the NBA's leading scorer and seemingly capable of hitting three-pointers from any spot inside of 50 feet, but even the Golden State Warriors star is doubtful as to whether he could ever match Kobe Bryant's famous 81-point game in 2006.  

"Not a chance," said Curry of the likelihood, per Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News. "There's a reason why people are still talking about that game to this day. It's so special."

Bryant shot 28-of-46 from the field, including 7-of-13 from three-point range, in a 122-104 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Smush Parker and Chris Mihm were the next-closest Lakers in terms of made field goals, with each player making five shots apiece.

That kind of individual dominance is practically the antithesis of the Warriors' style, which emphasizes ball movement. Not to mention Curry and Bryant are two completely different scorers.

In 2005-06, Bryant led the league with 27.2 field-goal attempts a game. Curry (20.1 FGA), along with Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard, is second to the Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins in that category this year.

Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton, who witnessed that historic performance as a Lakers reserve, also hit on another key point regarding the reigning MVP, per Medina: "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."

Curry has scored at least 51 points three times this year, but reaching 81 points is a big jump—arguably too big even for the best player in the league.

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