On Jan. 22, 2006, Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors. Wilt Chamberlain, who scored 100 points in a 1962 game, is the only player with more points in a single game.
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Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant stands on the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in early November. On Sunday, Bryant announced this season would be his last, in a poem posted online.
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, center, looks to pass as Los Angeles Lakers Jordan Clarkson (6), Brandon Bass (2) and Julius Randle (30) defend. The Warriors won, 111-77.
Minnesota Timberwolves announced Sunday its two-time coach Flip Saunders died. Shown here during the second half of a game against the Golden State Warriors in April.
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The night before the NBA exhibition game, two South African teams faced off in Johannesburg. Hoops aren't exactly a huge draw in the soccer-loving country. Attendance was about 1,000.
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Cavaliers forward LeBron James urges on the crowd during the second half of Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Cleveland. The Cavs lead the series 2-1 and host Game 4 Thursday night.