Dwight Howard: Kobe ‘took like 80 shots’ to get his 81 points

Friday March 2 marks the 50-year anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game. We already presented the comments of Kobe Bryant, who is second on the list for most points scored in a single NBA game with 81, that someone else will break the century mark for points in a game.

ESPN played a tribute to Wilt Chamberlain Friday where some all-stars were asked if they thought anyone would break Wilt’s record. In one of his responses, Dwight Howard got in a little jab at Kobe.

“I don’t see anybody doing it,” Howard said of someone breaking Wilt’s record. “Kobe had 81 … and he took like 80 shots.”

Kobe was also quoted in the video saying he believed the record would be broken. “Why wouldn’t they? I think in time, that day will come,” Bryant said, “Somebody will do it. Eventually it will happen.”

We’re pretty confident ESPN sat down with a bunch of players at All-Star Weekend and that this was one of the questions they asked them. Normally we wouldn’t put much stock into a short quote that seemed to be heavily edited, but this has significance.

Dwight Howard reportedly was deterred from joining the Lakers by Kobe. Kobe reportedly told him that the Lakers were his team, and that Dwight would have to wait in line. I’m not saying that Dwight’s jab means the report is accurate (though our sources tell us it is), but the minor shot shows there is some friction between the two. If Dwight had nothing but respect for Kobe, he wouldn’t have detracted from the impressive feat.

And for the record, Kobe achieved his 81 points on 28-46 shooting, going 7-13 on threes and 18-20 on free throws.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UJDRKUIYS34M5ZEKZAFWQYA7XQ Big Rob

    Kobe shot 28-46 from the field . Kobe’s 81 is greater and harder to do. Wilt took easier shots close to the basket over shorter players and his team continued to foul, when the game was in hand to keep piling up points. The best thing of Wilt’s night was that he made 28-32 free throws, when we know he was a horrible free throw shooter. Jordan is full of himself talking about he could have scored a 100 points. He sucked behind the three point line 222 of his 581 threes made came between 94-97 when the three point line was shorten to 22′ from 23’9. That is the reason he never scored 70 or even 80 in any given season!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gene

    All you have to do is take a look at the list of the top twenty scoring games to see how Wilt dominated everyone in his time.  He also decided to lead the league in assists for a season just to show everyone that he was more than a shooter.  He did it.  It would kill Kobe to pass the ball to others that much.  Wilt also was the top rebounder in his time, even with Bill Russell in the league.  He was by far the best player ever, and I say that while being a big Michael Jordan fan.