Kobe Bryant NBA Highlights: The Best Performances Of His 20-Year Career

Nicholas Morine

As The Inquisitr previously detailed, Kobe Bryant and several others -- including his daughter, Gianna -- tragically perished in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning. With the entire sports world in mourning, there can be little doubt that fans across the world had been inspired by the iconic basketball star, enamored of his abilities and perseverance both on and off the court. The man known as the Black Mamba developed a fierce reputation as an offensive force throughout his time in the NBA, and some of his most impressive -- and most legendary -- games were the stuff that champions are made of.

Despite lagging behind in the early portions of the game, the Lakers would eventually manage to eke out a come-from-behind victory over the Jazz, the scoreboard reading 101-96 for Los Angeles as the final buzzer rang. According to Bleacher Report, more than half of those points -- a full 60 -- belonged to Kobe.

In a game that would end up in yet another triumph for Kobe's Lakers lineup, he managed to net 55 points to Air Jordan's 23, per Bleacher Report.

While Wilt Chamberlain remains the only NBA player to have ever mounted 100 points in a single game, Kobe's 81-point performance against the Raptors -- an outing in which he also produced six rebounds, three steals, and two assists -- remains a fixture of the sport to this day.