While you were sleeping: Kobe Bryant scores 60 in final game, Warriors get 73 wins, Titans trade top pick

Good morning! A lot happens in sports, even when you’re busy doing other non-sports-y stuff. So here are the top headlines and moments from yesterday, in case you missed anything while you were watching Empire.

“Mamba out.”

It’s hard to really put into words what we saw last night. We knew were were going to witness the end of an era, but none of us could have expected a more epic finish to an incredible career. Kobe Bryant gave us the single greatest drop-the-mic-walk-off-the-stage performance ever in sports, putting up 60 points in the final game of his 20-year career to lead the Lakers to a 101-96 comeback win over the Jazz. It was his first time scoring over 50 since February 2009 as 23 of his points came in the fourth quarter to help Los Angeles overcome a 15-point deficit.

Of course, the more perfect ending would have been a championship, but the magic of Wednesday’s performance is undeniable. And of course, there were a bunch of haters who decided to put asterisks all over his performance. Bryant needed 50 shot-attempts to reach 60 points. Who cares?! The Lakers finish the season at 17-65. Who cares?! On the last night we’d ever see the Black Mamba lace up his kicks and don the purple and gold, Bryant left his heart and soul on the court. Thank you, Kobe, for everything.

“What else can I say?” Bryant asked the crowd in the post-game ceremony. “Mamba out.”

Be sure to check out SiriusXM’s coverage of #MambaWeek, where we look back on Bryant’s amazing career.

Warriors win no. 73

As if Bryant’s retirement wasn’t enough excitement, at the exact same time the Warriors were making history of their own. Golden State defeated Memphis, 125-104, to set a new NBA record for wins in a season and finish the year 73-9, eclipsing the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ record of 72-10. Stephen Curry was a man possessed, scoring 46 points in just 30 minutes on 15-of-24 shooting. Curry knocked down 10 three-pointers, eclipsing the 400-mark and finishing the season with 402 treys to absolutely shatter his previous single-season record of 286.


After the game, Michael Jordan released a statement congratulating the Warriors.

“I want to congratulate the Warriors on their amazing season,” Jordan said. “The game of basketball is always evolving and records are made to be broken. The Warriors have been a lot of fun to watch and I look forward to seeing what they do in the playoffs.”

Titans trade number-one pick

The Titans have traded the number-one overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft to the Rams. Along with the top selection, Tennessee will send its fourth- (No. 113) and sixth-round (No. 177) picks to Los Angeles in exchange for its first-round pick (No. 15), two second-round selections (Nos. 43 and 45) and a third-round pick (No. 76). The Titans also will get the Rams’ first- and third-round picks in 2017. The Titans now have nine picks in the 2016 draft, including six of the first 76 picks.

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