Kobe Bryant: I could’ve scored 100, should’ve scored 90 against Raptors

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Ten years ago today, Kobe Bryant scored 81 points against the Raptors.

It’s an amazing accomplishment, the most points a player has ever scored in a game besides Wilt Chamberlain’s 100.

Kobe, of course, isn’t satisfied.

Kobe, via Arash Markazi of ESPN:

I should have had 90 points or more. I missed two free throws after making 62 straight. I had some open looks. I had some really open looks that I missed. I could have had more. There’s a lot of easy opportunities I missed. I think 100 is possible. I absolutely do. If I hadn’t sat out those six minutes in the first half, maybe I would have had it.

That’s part of a fantastic oral history of the game. I suggest reading the entire piece.

Kobe might have missed some shots he’d typically make. He shot 28-for-46.

But watch this and tell me he wouldn’t have typically missed some of those makes. You can’t play woulda/coulda/shoulda on only the misses.

You have to love Kobe’s confidence, though.