The final game of Kobe Bryant's career was an experience to remember from start to finish. The presentations were amazing, the crowd was completely amped, and Kobe pushed into the realm of unbelievable one last time as he dropped 60 points in his last game in the NBA for the highest scoring total recorded in the league this season. The Los Angeles Lakers sent Kobe off with a victory in a 101-96 emotional win, including a go-ahead bucket from Bryant to seal one of the most incredible performances of his career.
Nine other players shared the court with him through his 42 minutes of playing time, but not a single one of them mattered as the night unfolded. That's nothing to be ashamed of, as the Golden State Warriors piled on an NBA record 73rd victory on their season. It was hard to comprehend there was even a world outside of what was happening in Staples Center once the tributes began rolling.
The Utah Jazz had to sit back and be a part of something that started with some heat before turning into an uncontrollable fire burning in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. Utah led by as many as 15 points and looked to have control of the situation, but a late push from Bryant turned everything around in the final 12 minutes.
Kobe scored 23 points in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Jazz as a team in the last frame (21). Draining the go-ahead jumper for his final made field goal was the perfect ending for a perfect night for Kobe Bryant. This is one we'll remember for the rest of our lives.
Kobe Bryant, leaving us one last gift on the way out.