From the outset it was clear that Kobe was on a mission. He poured in 18 in the first quarter. 19 of 31 from the floor. 20 for 20 from the line. 3 of 6 above the arc.
The last pivot and step through left the defender suspended in mid air 2 ft to Kobe's right.............
Kobe became the all time leader single game scorer in Madison Square Garden history (61). Former Knick Bernard King scored (60) twice. Kobe surpassed Michael Jordan's (55) highest scored by an opponent in a game after sitting out the first 5 minutes of the 4th quarter.
If not the greatest player to play the game...........definetly in the top 3.
"When challenged, Wilt could do almost anything he wanted. In 1961 a new star named Walt Bellamy came into the league. Bellamy was 6-foot-10, and was scoring 30 points a game. First time they played against each other, they met at half court. Bellamy said, 'Hello, Mr. Chamberlain. I'm Walter Bellamy.' Chamberlain reached for Bellamy's hand and said, 'Hello, Walter. You won't get a shot off in the first half.' Wilt then blocked Bellamy's first nine shots. At the start of the second half Wilt said to Bellamy, 'Okay, Walter. Now you can play.