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

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    Mark Anthony GarrettMark Anthony Garrett

    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.

Central Assassin
Central Assassin

This makes me cry, seeing both Kobe and his daughter Gianna in one of the most memorable game ever.

Tony Kim
Tony Kim

I still remember this game like it was yesterday. A 60-point game to end off an amazing 20 year career. Kobe Bryant, we will and always miss you.

Mattedmz
Mattedmz

3 times I cried watching Kobe. 1st when he tore his Achilles, 2nd in his final game, & 3rd on his last day on earth. Never felt so emotionally attached to someone I've never met, gonna miss this guy. Dude made a big impact on alot of lives. Rest up with you & ur daughter & everyone else involved.

William Boyer
William Boyer

I’ve always said this game is a microcosm of Kobe’s career: Shot a lot, scored a lot, came up clutch and thrilled us like only a select few could. Man, I miss this guy so much. Lucky to have been able to witness majority of his career.

Michael Garza
Michael Garza

I remember watching this as a kid when I was 12 years old, I wasn’t aloud to be up at the time but I snuck the game on in my room any way, every shot Kobe made I could hear my dad screaming downstairs while I screamed into a pillow.

SmurfVlogs™
SmurfVlogs™

He broke my heart in 2010 and he broke it again in 2020. R.I.P kobe.

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TenThumbs Productions
TenThumbs Productions

Most Kobe ending to a career possible.

Tee Jay
Tee Jay

Watched it live and one of the most electrifying moments I can remember from decades of watching sports. The Jazz were playing full out. No throwing Kobe a bone. Truly incredible.

VSmooveATL
VSmooveATL

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Bonzo
Bonzo

Fun fact: In an interview with Kobe Bryant during 'Inside the NBA', Shaquille O'Neal challenged Kobe to score 50 points in his final game. In a true Mamba fashion, Kobe accepted the challenge and ended up scoring 60. 💛💜

Jabez Cummings
Jabez Cummings

The atmosphere the crowd the game!!! This has to be the best intense ending game ever! Rest in heavenly peace Kobe Bryant! You left everything on the floor. We are all very grateful to see the best play! I remember watching this game. And I will never forget the last three minutes of it.

Matthew Jackson
Matthew Jackson

Whenever I’m feeling at my lowest I’ll come back and watch this video. Literally gives me the ability to accomplish damn near anything. RIP Kobe.

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AlmightySammich
AlmightySammich

Will never forget this. Rest in peace, Kobe.

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Marko Polo
Marko Polo

I’m a skateboarder, never got into team sports… I found this to be incredibly moving! As an outsider to these types of events, I’ve got to say you can just feel the energy of the entire room fueling every last breath and movement of Kobe‘s talent. What a fantastic video and an incredible human being, Rest In Peace. Can’t wait to meet you one day❤️❤️❤️

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Brandon Hedges
Brandon Hedges

One of the best moments in sports history. I'll never forget about this it was magical.

Hector Lopez
Hector Lopez

It's so heartbreaking that 4 years later, he left this world, way too soon. He will never be forgotten.

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Cameron Pulaski
Cameron Pulaski

The last 3 minutes encapsulates everything Kobe was about. Never rest until the job is done! RIP MAMBA! The closest thing to Jordan to ever play the game!!!!

Rob Huckins
Rob Huckins

Love this game and return to it every so often to get a charge of energy. I love it because it's greatness despite Kobe being less than full capacity but digging down to come up with a great last game. It's probably the best "old guy" performance ever! I also love Gordon Hayward's subtle show of respect at the end, stepping early in the free throw lane in case KB misses, a violation which would have given Kobe another free throw attempt.

Kippzy
Kippzy

This man didn’t crack a smile until the end. He was so focused and determined on one thing and that was making an impact before stepping out that arena. Just beautiful. Rest In Peace Kobe & Gigi. ❤️

Sabo D. Dragon
Sabo D. Dragon

I dont know why I am crying, for the plays, for his daughter living to the fullest his dad legend and smiling from pure joy, for the crowd following his plays... but this hug with Shaq at the end damn its a punch in the stomach from memories.

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