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Leading Off

Jan. 30, 2006
Jan. 30, 2006

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Jan. 30, 2006

Pro Basketball
  • Forget Jordan. Step aside, LeBron. Scoring machine Kobe Bryant had the second-highest point total in NBA history. Now the question is, can he crack triple digits?

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Leading Off

That 80s Show

This is an article from the Jan. 30, 2006 issue

Kobe Bryant went where only one man had gone before on Sunday in Los Angeles, pouring in more than 80 points in an NBA game (page 56). The league's leading scorer, Bryant torched Toronto for 81 in the Lakers' 122-104 victory--a total second only to Wilt Chamberlain's 100 on March 2, 1962--and then planted a kiss on his daughter, Natalia.

Hoya, Enjoya!

In a weekend full of college basketball upsets (page 75), center Roy Hibbert celebrated Georgetown's 87-84 toppling of No. 1 Duke last Saturday at the MCI Center in Washington. Blue Devils Josh McRoberts, Jamal Boykin and Martynas Pocius (inset, from left) watched their hopes of an unbeaten season vanish.

Cold Faithful

On 25 rinks marked off on frozen Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis, 116 teams--which included former NHL players and New York City firemen--competed last weekend at the first U.S. Pond Hockey Championships (page 21). The winners of the three divisions (open, women's and senior) had their names etched into the Golden Shovel.

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TWO PHOTOSPhotographs by Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty ImagesPHOTOPhotograph by Greg FiumePHOTOJOE GIZA/REUTERSPHOTOPhotograph by Eric Miller/EPAPHOTOJIM MONE/AP