Charles Barkley compares epic performances between Kobe Bryant and LeBron James

The sequences played like an endless loop, revealing how both stars could dominate with ease.

Kobe Bryant once scored a career-high 81 points, carrying the Lakers to a regular season win Jan. 22, 2006 against the Toronto Raptors. LeBron James once posted 25 consecutive points to carry the Cleveland Cavaliers to a double-overtime win over the Detroit Pistons to secure a 3-2 series lead in the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals.

James’ achievement happened during a game that mattered more. Bryant’s feat tops the charts because his effort fell only behind Wilt Chamberlain’s NBA record 100-point performance with Philadelphia against the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962.

But which feat is more impressive?

“When I saw LeBron score 30 straight points,” TNT analyst Charles Barkley said on The Dan Patrick Show, “that was the best thing in sports I had ever seen.”

And what about Bryant?

“I didn’t watch the game when Kobe scored 81. But that’s incredible,” Barkley said. “There were nights you get 35 or 40, you think I’m awesome tonight. TO get 81 is scoring and amazing. 81 is probably more impressive.”


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