6. Fifty-five on Jordan- 2003
Whenever any NBA player faces the G.O.A.T. Michael Jordan, anything worth noting, will be noted. For Kobe, these moments are more than notable, however -- they are the passing of Jordan’s blazing torch. In his first match-up against MJ in 1997, Kobe was still a newbie, and though he scored 33 points, the Bulls handed the Lakers a win by 21 points. But in 2003, the student became the teacher as Kobe dropped 55 on the Washington Wizards.