NBA to Replay Bryant’s Scoring Feat

Basketball fans who missed Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant’s 81-point performance Sunday night against the Toronto Raptors can watch the game via the Internet through the National Basketball Association’s new broadband game package, according to league officials.

The game -- in which Bryant scored the second-most points in NBA history, behind the 100 scored by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962 -- will available for the next two days to “NBA League Pass” subscribers through the league’s recently announced video Internet service, “NBA League Pass Broadband,” located on the league’s Web site ( The site is currently streaming each of Bryant’s 81 points during the game, officials said.

The league’s digital-cable network, NBA TV, also plans to repeat of the game -- in which the Lakers beat the Raptors 122-104 -- several times over the next several days, although it has not released specific times.

And consumers can purchase the game in its entirety through Google Inc.’s “Google Video Store” ( for $3.95 per game beginning Monday night, league officials said.

FSN West, which televised the game live, is also expected to reair its telecast sometime this week.

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