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In January of 2006, Kobe Bryant recorded the second-highest single-game scoring mark in the history of the National Basketball Association as part of a 122-104 win over the Toronto Raptors. When asked about how it felt to score 81 points, Bryant said, “It is tough to explain. It is just one of those things.” Bryant zoned in on his shooting in the second half scoring 55 points after halftime. After making a layup with 3:26 remaining to reach 74 points, Bryant scored his last seven points from the free-throw line. He scored a pair of free throws with 43 seconds left and exited to a huge ovation with 4.2 seconds to go.
As Kobe Bryant walked towards the Lakers bench with 4.2 seconds remaining in the game, he raised his right hand into the air holding up a single finger. He beamed with a smile in an apparent state of ecstasy. “Now ecstasy sounds like a very highfalutin’ concept. It sounds vaguely mystical. But ‘ecstasy’ in Greek means, ‘to step to the side of something.’ ‘Ecstasy’ refers to the fact that people are no longer in ordinary reality, ‘standing to the side of’ normal, everyday existence.” - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow