The last night of the NBA’s regular season is typically a lame duck affair with teams resting their stars to prep for the playoffs, but that was not the case Wednesday night. Fans were pushed to either choose or employ multiple viewing options to witness history play out: Kobe Bryant’s final game of his 20-year career and the Golden State Warriors playing to break the single-season win record set by the Chicago Bulls in 1996.
The 40-41 Jazz were not going to play the Washington Generals to The Lakers Globetrotters, making Kobe and his lowly team earn every point. Kobe had 43 points in the fourth quarter and finished with 60 points, his season high. Mamba put up 50 shots to hit that mark but became the first player to ever end his career with a 50-point game. His effort helped The Lakers squeak out a 101 to 96 win.
The Warriors made light work of the Memphis Grizzlies, running away in a 125 to 104 finale. Steph Curry put on his own show by breaking his single-season record for made 3-pointers, hitting his 400th in the third quarter and finished with 46 points. They now own the single-season win record of 73, surpassing the 95-96 Chicago Bulls.