Kobe Bryant: Remembering the final three minutes of his last ever NBA game

  • Rob Swan

The tributes continue to flood in for basketball legend Kobe Bryant, who tragically died in a helicopter crash on Sunday.

Aged 41 at the time of his death, Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among nine people killed when the helicopter they were travelling in crashed in the city of Calabasas, California.

There were no survivors, the LA county sheriff confirmed.

As the devastating news sinks in, clips of Bryant’s most legendary moments from his illustrious basketball career are being shared across social media.

One of the best videos shows the final three minutes of Bryant’s final game – and if you haven’t seen it before then you’re in for a treat. It’s extraordinary.

Ahead of Bryant’s final game – against Utah Jazz in April 2016 – tickets changed hands for up to $27,500.

But all those inside the Staples Center that night were treated to one of the most remarkable performances ever.

Bryant scored 23 points in the fourth quarter to help his team overcome a 15-point deficit to win the game. He scored 60 points in total.

He also took a career-high 50 shots in the fifth highest-scoring game of his 20-year career.

Everything he touched turned to gold.

Watch the highlights here… (click play on the black video window).

Absolutely incredible.

“You couldn’t have written this!” the commentators say.

“You are watching one of the greatest performances in the history of this game because of what it means – the significance of one of its biggest stars saying goodbye.”


Some of the most famous celebrities were courtside to see the NBA icon’s final game including Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg and Jack Nicholson.

Millions more watched the drama unfold on television.

“You know, I was really, really tired, but I thought, I just got to continue to push it because the fan support was just tremendous and I think that’s the thing I’ll remember the most,” Bryant said, per BBC Sport, after the game.

NBC’s Ben Collins summed the video up perfectly on Twitter in the aftermath of Kobe’s sudden death: “Sometimes when I’m really lacking in courage because of anxiety or whatever, I will put on this video. It’s the last three minutes of Kobe’s last game, the greatest retirement game by any athlete ever. Everyone should watch it.”

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