Kobe Bryant's 61-point outburst at MSG surpasses Michael Jordan's infamous double nickel from 1995. Not to take anything away from Kobe's feat but Jordan's 55 will always have a place in my heart and was more impressive. Don't get me wrong, the Lakers literally just found out that their best shot at beating the Celtics and Cavs for an NBA title is gone for the season (8-12 week recovery for a torn knee on a 7-foot frame is VERY optimistic... he's done for the year) so Kobe needed to make a statement: it's still my team and the Lakers are still the favorites in 08-09! And no better place to make a statement but in basketball mecca, Madison Square Garden. So a big tip of the hat for a very impressive and very needed 61 (in ONLY 37 minutes!!!) from the reigning MVP.
However, the '95 Knicks were waaaaaayyyy better defensively, the '95 Bulls weren't as good as the '09 Lakers and needed every point out of MJ that night, double-nickel is one of the greatest nicknames ever, the game-winning hoop was by Bill Wennington off a pass from MJ... oh and by the by it was Jordan's fifth game back from a 18-month retirement... simply ridiculous!!! Anyway, here's a good review from Jordan's 55 back in March, 1995: