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Rewind: Kobe Bryant's 81-point night

Take a trip back to January 22, 2006 when Stuart Scott brought us all the highlights of Kobe Bryant's 81-point performance against the Raptors.

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Kobe was a star among stars

Kobe Bryant has been selected to the All-Star team 17 times in his career, behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (19) for the most in NBA history. He's also tied with Karl Malone for the most 1st-team All-NBA selections (11).


Monmouth's Jones posterizes defender

Deon Jones right went over USC player to throw down a vicious one-handed dunk.

Kobe playing like he isn't ready to retire (0:25)
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Kobe's place in history

When he retires at the end of the season, Kobe Bryant will be third on the NBA's all-time scoring list, behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone. Bryant is currently 17th in career games played, and needs to play just 44 more to move up to 11th.

Kobe feeling at peace with decision to retire (2:31)

Kobe Bryant at the podium

Kobe Bryant is speaking to the media for the first time since announcing we would retire after the seasonearlier in the day. Live on SportsCenter

J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Kobe has been very philosophical in this news conference....even while answering questions in Spanish, talking about "corazon" and "amor"

More Bryant from the podium

"If I had a burning desire to continue to play, I would. I wouldn't second guess it. I wouldn't be sitting on the fence. I feel solid."

Lakers, Kobe fall to Pacers (1:13)

Kobe Bryant at the podium

"At some point, I just had to accept the fact that I don't want to do this anymore. And I'm okay with that."

Final: Pacers 107, Lakers 103

Kobe Bryant was off for most of the night, but a theatric 3-pointer late made it interesting as Paul George poured in 39 points to lead all scorers. Box score

Rewind: Kobe Bryant's 81-point night (2:35)

Lakers resale prices skyrocketing

According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, resale prices had already jumped 25 to 30 percent before Kobe Bryant announced he would retire at the end of the sesaon, and in some markets tickets will jump another 50 to 100 percent.

Lakers storming back on Pacers

Julius Randle rumbled down the lane for a jam and Los Angeles has closed a double-digit deficit to 6 points with just over 6 minutes left in the game. Paul George leads all scorers with 27 points while Nick Young has 19 off the bench for L.A. Follow live

Magic: 'There will never be another Kobe Bryant' (0:55)

Kobe's 81-point game on SportsCenter

With Kobe Bryant's announcement that he will retire after the season, SportsCenter is re-airing highlights of the Mamba's 81-point game vs. the Raptors in 2006 -- the second-highest scoring game in NBA history. Coming up on SportsCenter


Pacers lead Lakers 80-65 after 3 quarters

Kobe Bryant scored 25 points and collected 4 steals and 4 rebounds on Nov. 29, 2005. Tonight, Bryant is stuck at 6 points, 2 rebounds 2 assists and a steal in 26 minutes. Follow live

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak on watching Kobe struggle this season: "Like everybody else, I go back and forth. I talk to Kobe about it and he says its timing and getting my legs under me and conditioning, getting used to playing with different players. And I buy in. Then I watch the games on TV and I read the paper and I remind myself that hes 37 years old and maybe its more than that. So I go back and forth on it."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak on what Kobe Bryant has meant to the Lakers: "It is impossible for me to sit here and describe what hes meant. Five championships, 20 years, 17 All-Star Games. MVP trophy. Ive watched him get hurt, play hurt. Weve watched the last three years with serious injuries [and] having to come back. Most players would not come back. So its hard to describe in two or three minutes. But hes a winner. And he came into this league with an unprecedented desire to compete and get better and be the best and he remains that exact same person today and thats with the good and the bad that come with it. But he remains that exact same person."


Pacers lead Lakers 48-35 at the half

Kobe Bryant's second career game on Nov. 29 was in 2002. The Black Mamba dropped 45 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals that game. Kobe has 6 points on 2-for-15 shooting tonight against Indiana. Halftime stats

Kupchak on Kobe: 'He is what he is, and I'm thankful for it' (1:23)

Pacers lead 28-12 after one quarter

Kobe Bryant's first game on Nov. 29 was in 1996, his rookie season. Bryant had 1 point, 1 rebound and 1 block in 7 minutes. He has 2 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist after one quarter tonight. Follow live