Kobe Bryant's Final Three Minutes Of His Last NBA Game Are Legendary
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As the world mourns the tragic passing of former NBA star Kobe Bryant, footage of his legendary performance in his final match has been shared online.
The final three minutes of the game between Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz show the 41-year-old's sporting skill in his retirement game after 20 seasons in 2016.
In the match, Kobe played 42 minutes and took a career-high of 50 shots, making the match the fifth highest-scoring game of his career. He became the oldest player to score 50 points in an NBA game.
The footage of the final three minutes shows a sweating Bryant continually making pass after pass and scoring to bring his team an improbable comeback victory.
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.
With the entire Staples Center crowd on their feet, footage shows Bryant make a three-pointer with 59 seconds left.
He then delights the crowds again when he hits another with 31 seconds to play, putting the Lakers ahead 97-96.
Celebrity fans can be seen rejoicing in the footage including actor Jack Nicholson, as well as Kobe's wife Vanessa Bryant and daughters Natalia and Gianna.
Bryant was confirmed to have died in a helicopter crash in southern California earlier on Sunday 26 January.
The 41-year-old is reported to have been travelling with eight others, one of whom was his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, with LA County Sheriffs Department confirming that nobody survived.
A call for a downed helicopter went out at 10.01am, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. Emergency services attended the scene and put out the fire.
Bryant was the NBA's Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2008 and a two-time NBA Finals MVP. He was also two-time NBA scoring champion and a two-time Olympic champion.