Kobe Bryant Amazing last 3 minutes in his FINAL GAME vs Jazz (04/13/16)

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant scored 60 incredible points. He carried a miserable Los Angeles Lakers team to an improbable comeback victory.
And with sweat and confetti all over his gold uniform for the final time, he expressed humble thanks to his fans and family for their loving support over two decades.
"What else can I say?" Bryant asked. "Mamba out."
Now that's a Hollywood ending to a remarkable career.
Bryant utterly dominated his final game Wednesday night, wrapping up 20 NBA seasons with one last offensive showcase in the Lakers' 101-96 victory over the Utah Jazz.
He scored 23 points in the fourth quarter, posting his first 50-point game since February 2009 and rallying the Lakers from a 15-point deficit to win the final game of the worst season in franchise history.
It was messy, ridiculous and magical - even to the man who did it so many times over 20 years.
"It's hard to believe it happened this way," Bryant said. "I'm still shocked about it."
With the entire Staples Center crowd standing, Bryant made a 3-pointer with 59 seconds left. He hit another with 31 seconds to play, putting the Lakers ahead 97-96. He finished with an assist before checking out for good with 4.1 seconds left in just the Lakers' 17th win of the season.
"The perfect ending would have been a championship," Bryant said with a smile. "But tonight was (me) trying to go out, play hard and try to put on a show as much as I possibly could. It felt good to be able to do that one last time."
Bryant and his teammates conspired for one last omnivorous scoring performance by the third-leading scorer in NBA history. He played 42 minutes and took a career-high 50 shots, his teammates attempting to set him up for points on nearly every possession.
Kobe came up with the fifth highest-scoring game of his career. He became the oldest player to score 50 points in an NBA game.
The entire night was a tribute to Bryant, who is retiring after 20 seasons, five championship rings and 18 All-Star selections with the Lakers, who honored him before and after the game. Bryant is just the fifth player in NBA history to play 20 seasons, and the first with just one team.
"I think the most important part is that we all stayed together throughout," Bryant said to the crowd. "You'll always be in my heart, and I sincerely, sincerely appreciate it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you guys."
He also had a few laughs after finishing his 1,346th regular-season game with 33,643 career points.
"The thing that had me cracking up all night long is, I go through 20 years of everybody screaming to pass the ball," Bryant said with a grin. "And then the last night, they're like, `Don't pass it!"'
It was daylong tribute with thousands of fans thronging the downtown streets around Staples Center and chanting his name from early afternoon. Fans lucky enough to get inside Staples Center greeted him with ovations at every opportunity. Magic Johnson anchored a brief pregame tribute by calling Bryant "the biggest and greatest celebrity we've had in this town for 20 years" and "the greatest to wear the purple and gold."
Bryant embraced his roles as a hero and villain throughout his career, and he mentioned the duality in describing his outlook on sports afterward. He had rocky times in Los Angeles, from his sexual assault charge in Colorado in 2003 to his feud with Shaquille O'Neal, who watched the finale at courtside.
It was all forgotten by the time Bryant took the Staples court for the final time.
After blowing kisses and pounding his heart before the game, Bryant got right to work on what the fans wanted to see. He didn't count on the nerves that caused him to miss his first five shots before he pump-faked and finally connected on a jumper.
Bryant found a rhythm then, finishing the first quarter with 15 points on 13 shots. He kept it up after sitting out the first six minutes of the second, finishing with 22 points despite missing a last-minute shot, his 20th of the first half.
"We weren't trying to let him go off on a win," said Joe Ingles, who guarded Bryant closely. "As it goes on, it will sink in more, and what he did was pretty impressive. He made some tough shots, too. I don't think we gave him any open looks. He was obviously pretty hyped up for the game. Forty-two minutes and 50 attempts will get you 60, apparently."
TIP-INS
Lakers: Bryant surpassed his previous career high of 47 shots, taken in a loss to Boston on Nov. 7, 2002. ... Los Angeles has missed the playoffs in three straight seasons, the longest drought in franchise history. ... Bryant shot his 10,000th free throw to complete an early three-point play. ... Jordan Clarkson's 12 points were the second-most by the Lakers.

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  • Jason De los Reyes
    Jason De los Reyes16 minuten geleden

    Seem like Kobe's Hug had a great effect to those 3 players. Clarkson - 6th man of the year Randle - Most improved player and an All Star Russell - All Star

  • Vyshakh Vathielil
    Vyshakh Vathielil20 minuten geleden

    Rest in Peace Kobe Bryant and Gigi #MAMBAFOREVER

  • George Robles
    George Robles30 minuten geleden

    That shot a@ 1:25 nearly Blew the roof off of Staples center🙀🙀🤯🤯👏👏Epic crowd reacting.

  • George Robles
    George Robles33 minuten geleden

    Kobe Kobe Kobe 👏👏👏

  • Yuchun Lo
    Yuchun LoUur geleden

    Kobe we love you, always miss your games and spirit!

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    HE WON BEFORE LEAVING - How PERFECT

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    feelright3 uur geleden

    Happy I watched this game

  • Lawrence Calapini
    Lawrence Calapini3 uur geleden

    Kobe didn’t go out like a bitch. Lebron gotta learn from this.

  • nedaari1
    nedaari13 uur geleden

    It's like he passed a piece of the torch to Julius, Clarkson, and others

  • Andy S
    Andy S4 uur geleden

    Gave me chills watching this

  • Tate Combs
    Tate Combs5 uur geleden

    That last hug with all the young Lakers literally brought tears to my eyes

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    Mungunbolor Enkhbaatar5 uur geleden

    AMAZING

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    Perfect career ending

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  • Михаил Жабин
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    The most amazing 3 minutes of legend...

  • TH
    TH14 uur geleden

    The people who are watching this in 2020 and 21 you must press F to pay respect to this mamba he was a true legend and deserves to be in the hall of fame but in a few years he didn’t make it, such so tragic i wish that incident did not happen there was a minor pilot error. So whoever’s looking at this comment please press F in my replies so we can pay his respects.

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    Jai Money16 uur geleden

    Kobe played from the heart he didn't care about the money nor fame it was all about the WIN true definition of the meaning to play sport with your heart a true legend

  • KC Heylin
    KC Heylin16 uur geleden

    Totally brings me to tears. That was such a spectacular game and little could we know we'd lose him so shortly afterward.

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    Que Fortenberry18 uur geleden

    I just realized Michael Jordan’s last game as a bull was against the Jazz🤯 RIP 24 & 2

  • yuch1102
    yuch110219 uur geleden

    can't believe he is dead, makes no sense

  • Veldc
    Veldc20 uur geleden

    He embraced his teammates at the end like a father would embrace his sons. Rip Kobe, you inspired millions

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    thanks

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    THIS IS SAD FOR SO MANY DIFFERENT REASONS R.I.P EVERYBODY THAT WAS ON THAT PLANE.

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    eshmidman223 uur geleden

    Underrated: Kobe's last stat was an assist.

  • _Taco_
    _Taco_Dag geleden

    Rest In Peace for ever I will never forget you we will never forget you

  • _Taco_

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    23 uur geleden

    And your impact on this earth

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    You can see Gordon Hayward going early just to make sure if he missed he’d get another for 60 great man

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    ...the last OG

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    Simply great :)

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    Not all earthly Heroes end up in Heaven........ Let's keep it real.

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    the only time kobe wouldve focused on people would have been when he rewatched this. 😂

  • Pablo Maggi
    Pablo MaggiDag geleden

    I still dont know how Jazz leading by 10 give the chance to Kobe to kill them. Everyone knows what he was capable of, you just need to move the ball and consume every posesion of 24 sec before atemp a shot and just need to make 1 basquet. Use a time out to set a play, etc.

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    how to make your retirement the most Kobe way

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    자코비안Dag geleden

    rest in peace

  • ImGlad imYellow
    ImGlad imYellowDag geleden

    It’s still so unbelievable that Kobe Bryant died. I remember when one of my co workers said it and I tucking hate that guy because he’s an idiot and thought he was just joking. I hate him even more for telling me the terrible news This legend did not deserve to go. He had so much life left and so much more greatness to give.

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