In his final NBA game, Kobe Bryant didn’t change a single thing about himself.
Bryant exited the sport that he loves guns blazing, dropping 60 points to help the LA Lakers come from behind against the Utah Jazz, 101-96.
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With his teammates looking for him on almost every possession, “The Black Mamba” shot 22-of-50 from the field in his final NBA game, en route to 60 points, making him the oldest NBA player at age 37 to score 60 or more.
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True to their word, the Lakers coaching staff played him a season-high 42 minutes. In addition to his 60 points, Bryant also compiled four rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block.
Jordan Clarkson was the only other Laker in double-figures, scoring 12, including the nail in the coffin. Following Bryant’s last points, earned at the foul line, Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward missed a layup. Julius Randle got the rebound, passed the ball to Kobe, who then made the outlet pass to the Fil-Am guard who capped the game with a dunk.
It was a storybook ending for the iconic Laker, who became just the fifth player in NBA history to play 20 season, and the only one to spend it all with a single franchise.
Afterwards, Kobe took the mic and thanked the crowd, telling them “You guys will always be in my heart.” Then, he bid all of us adieu, with “Mamba out.”
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