Kobe Bryant scored 81-points against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night. The highest total for a professional player against a non-NBA team. The Lakers went on to beat Toronto, 122-104.
Bryant was at a loss for words after the game.
"It just happened," Bryant said. "It's tough to explain. It's just one of those things."
Not surprisingly, that was the same explanation that Kobe gave when he was accused of raping a woman a few summers ago. At least he didn’t blame this on Shaq, either.
And this, in no way, looks fishy either. There is no way the NBA would encourage one of its lesser franchises to back off and let Kobe score 81 points on a day the Super Bowl teams were decided (watch the highlights. Kobe is never doubled). We know the NBA, and especially its officials, are on the up-and-up.
STAT OF the day: The Lakers had 18 assists as a team. Toronto had 20. Does anybody besides Kobe handle the ball on this team? How does Lamar Odom not have at least 20 assists on his own?