Everyone knew Kobe was going to shoot and keep shooting during his last ever game. That’s why you heard a joke from every other person about how he was going to take 25 shots. Or 30. Or maybe he’d even approach as many as 35.
But 50? Fifty? And dropping 60 points while doing it?
We’re never seeing that another time. No one is ever again doubling up the scoring leader’s seasonal average in an NBA finale. You can book that.
So, for one more time, let’s enjoy some of the best moments from Wednesday night’s miraculous showing from one of basketball’s best all-time characters:
The Thank Yous
The Patented Los Angeles Celebrities
The Eerily Reminiscent of the 2006 Game-Tying, Postseason Shot Against the Suns First Bucket of the Game
The Moment When Jay-Z Was Like, Oh Yeah
Game Recognize Game
The First Time the Jazz “Defense” Showed Us That It Was Just Going to Let Kobe Do His Thing
Some One of the Last Iconic Fadeaways Ever
Hey Stephen Curry, You’re Not the Only One Who Can Pull up from Range These Days
Too Tired, Need Water
Jack Nicholson Cares Not About Your Exhaustion
Goodbye, You Third-Person Promoting Point Fiend
And We Were All Like…