Kobe Bryant’s Final NBA Game
Kobe Bryant’s final professional basketball game came on April 13, 2016, during his last season with the Los Angeles Lakers. While Lakers fans hoped for a magical ending to Bryant’s career, the Portland Trail Blazers emerged victorious with a 101-96 win. Yet despite the loss, the night was still historic for Kobe, as he compiled an incredible point total for his final game:
The Final Points
- 60 points – Kobe finished with 60 points, the most of any NBA player during the 2015-2016 season.
- 2 rebounds – Although not a particularly high total compared to his 19.4 rebounds per game average, Kobe still managed to snag two boards.
- 4 assists – Bryant provided 4 assists in his final game, a solid contribution.
- 2 blocks – Kobe blocked two shots, an impressive achievement for someone in their 20th season.
Closing Out His Career in Style
Kobe Bryant’s final NBA game was a memorable one. Despite the expected emotions of bidding farewell to the sport, he put his head down and went for 60 points, a benchmark that only he could hit. His regular season stats for 2016 finished with an average of 17.6 points per game, the lowest since his rookie season. Despite the drop in numbers, it was apparent that the fire of the Black Mamba still burned.
The crowd at the Staples Center said one final goodbye to Kobe Bryant, as he and the Lakers closed out the game, walking off the court as the conquering hero they had watched and idolized for two decades.
There were no magical passes, no last-second heroics, and no extra-time drama – just a signature performance from Kobe Bryant. A performance, that broke a record and capped off a career to remember.