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Charles Barkley compares Kobe Bryant, LeBron James greatest scoring performances

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Following the career-high 61-point outburst by LeBron James earlier this week, a lot of debate started to circulate around the NBA about where it ranked amongst the greatest scoring performances in the history of the league. NBA legend Charles Barkley was asked on The Dan Patrick Show on March 5 about LeBron's 30 straight points back in 2007 and Kobe Bryant's 81-point game and which was more impressive.

Barkley chose Kobe's 81 points against the Toronto Raptors in 2006. Not only was Kobe's career night against the Raptors impressive, but it was historic going down as the second-best scoring performance in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game.

Ironically enough, LeBron's 61-point game against the Charlotte Bobcats is pale in comparison to another unbelievable performance by the five-time NBA champion.

Back in 2005, Bryant led the Lakers to victory over the Dallas Mavericks scoring 62 points in three quarters of play. Kobe was virtually unstoppable against the Mavs and actually outscored Dallas by himself before heading to the bench and sitting out the fourth quarter.

Regardless of individual scoring performances throughout their careers, Kobe and LeBron are destined to be forever linked in debates about whose better. Same comparisons were made between Michael Jordan and Kobe with the Lakers superstar on the rise and Jordan in the twilight of his NBA career.

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