This is a great question. Both were great performances, but Kobe's 81 gets the most attention because let's face it, he plays for the LA Lakers, there's more controversy around him, he demands attention. Anyway, having said the obvious, from a basketball perspective, The Admiral had the better performance overall, more efficient, more rebounds, assists, blocks, steals, even had more pressure to drop that many points because of the scoring title. Robinson missed a few bunnies in that game, and shared the Basketball to the amount of 5 assist. Very underrated performance, should've had 80... not sure we'll see another center do that again in our lifetime. Kobe's 81 was special no doubt, but anyone who picks his performance over Robinson is just plain bias.