Kobe Bryant made his final road game in his 20-year NBA career against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday.
It was the 785th road game for the Lakers’ legend before he finally retires on Wednesday at Staples Center against the Utah Jazz.
Kevin Durant scored 34 points and Russell Westbrook made a triple-double with 13 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds, showing no mercy to the retiring superstar, as they beat the Los Angeles Lakers with the score of 112-79.
Kevin Durant’s performance was influenced by the memory of Bryant’s ruthless approach to Michael Jordan when the NBA icon was approaching retirement.
“I remember when Michael Jordan was on his way out, and Kobe didn’t take it easy on him, and that’s all I was thinking,” Durant said via ESPN.
“I was just trying to destroy him every chance I got and send him off right. Every time I got the ball, he was like, ‘Come on, let’s see what you got,’ and that shows the type of player, the type of person, the type of competitor he is, and it was fun to play against him one last time.”
Bryant made a huge start scoring 13 points in the first quarter having 4 of 10 from the field. On the final quarter, the Oklahoma City demanded Bryant to re-enter the game by chanting ‘We want Kobe!’ but the Lakers’ legend decided not to be back on the court as his right shoulder was wrapped with ice.
In Bryant’s final game against the Thunder, Russell Westbrook made his 18th triple-double of the season, tying Magic Johnson’s 1991-82 record for most triple-double in a season. Also, Kevin Durant made 64 straight games with at least 20 points surpassing Kobe Bryant’s 2005-06 record of 63, making his streak the longest since Michael Jordan’s 1990-91 record.
After the buzzer, the two Thunder superstars met Kobe Bryant to share a hug and say goodbyes.
Here are some of the game highlights of Kobe Bryant’s final game against the Oklahoma City Thunder:
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