puffyusaf#2 wrote:^Thanks. That is still crazy that a player at his skill level has dropped a 60. He isn't a true gunner like Kobe is so I guess it makes sense even if a little shocking.
It is a little surprising especially since the Cavaliers really weren't that good until about '07-'10 years, Lebron played many a game in the wine and gold where he was literally the only person capable of creating his own offense or scoring reliably. You'd think under similar circumstances to Kobe's huge scoring outputs that he would have had at least one 60 point effort. The funny thing is that his 56 career high came against the same Raptors squad that Kobe dropped 81 on.
Personally, I've often wondered what Lebron would be like if he did just decide one game to say 'eff it, I'm going to score 100', not that he necessarily would but if he came into a game with that mentality from the outset. I wonder how close he would get. There's no doubt he is capable
of scoring 60, but one of the things people often overlook when it comes to scoring huge is the actual time it takes to get that many field goals up compounds and often times by the time you're in 'huge' territory(typically considered 40+ by league averages) you're already halfway through the 4th. Kobe's 81 is so ridiculously impressive because of the pace at which he scored, almost all of it came in the second half
. I think a lot of people look at high scoring games and figure that anything above 55 or so is equally impressive or that the difference between 55 and 60 or 60 and 65 is just a couple of shots, and while that is technically true, the pace of a game and the 'flow' of a game make it less true in application. Going from 65 to 70 unless your team is actively feeding you the ball on every possession and you need
to score is often unnecessary and just simply unlikely. Going from 70 to 80 is practically impossible.
But still, Lebron can be an insanely good scorer at times and there are times when he really does seem like he could almost 'casually' drop 50 and then turn it into 60 or more if he really went for it.
You also look at a guy like Durant, who many consider the 'heir apparent' to pure scoring and even when he goes completely mad he still hasn't bested 52, granted he's playing alongside Westbrook who can drop 30 any night as well(And they were playing with Harden, the current #5 scorer in the league) but still, Durant seems the closest to Kobe in the sense that when he gets 'hot' he scores at a furious pace
the type of pace that you need to score at to get 60+ and Durant isn't exactly known for his passing game, when he is feeling it, he shoots.
But then we saw how Westbrook's ball-hogging and thick headedness basically cost them the championship last season so that's probably the answer. It would be interesting to see Durant in a situation where he was the only reliable scorer and he needed to score 60+, because if there is anyone in the league today I think could drop 60, 65, 70 or even more, I think it's Durant.