When Kobe Bryant announced on November 29 that the 2015-16 NBA season would be his last before retirement, few people argued it wasn't the right decision such was his poor form to start the campaign.
But, despite his early season struggles and ageing limbs, the Los Angeles Lakers star has still provided fans with some highlight reel moments in recent weeks. And the Black Mamba was at it again last night against the Denver Nuggets, posting a season-high 31 points in a Lakers win.
The only thing better than seeing Kobe roll back the years? The Lakers' bench reaction to one of his clutch shots. Scroll down this article to see Bryant's teammates celebrate in style.
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Reacting to Kobe's beautifully executed fadeaway jumper off the dribble, each member of the Lakers bench appeared to have their own unique response and it's tough to decide who does it better.
From Roy Hibbert's karate kick and WTF shrug to Larry Nance, Jr.'s shoulder shimmy and D'Angelo Russell's grimace of appreciation, they all perfectly sum up what it's like to see the 37-year-old Bryant continue his battle with father time.
Oh, and let's not forget the ugly sweater wearing Lakers fan behind the bench - his fist pump rounds things off nicely.
Couple his vintage performance against the Nuggets with the recent dunk vs the Rockets, and Kobe has suddenly begun to put on a show in this, his final year in the NBA.
In fact, over the past few weeks, Bryant is putting up numbers that would make players 10 years his junior jealous.
Over the past four games, the veteran is averaging 25 points-per-game, 5.3 rebounds and five assists whilst shooting at .507-percent from field goal range.
Long may his resurgence continue.
Lakers fans: Do any of you think Bryant should play on after this season? And what is your best memory of the future Hall of Famer? Have your say in the comments below...