Saved the Last Night for Best

Posted: April 13, 2016 in Uncategorized

As we say in the news biz, you can’t make this stuff up.

The final night of the NBA regular season –  at about 12:45 a.m. Eastern Time Kobe Bryant scored his 60th point of the night, and the final point of a 20-year career.  Just minutes earlier the Warriors had won a record 73rd game this season.

Playing at Staples Center in LA, just south of Tinsel Town, Bryant put together a Hollywood ending. He scored 17 straight fourth quarter points to put the Lakers in the lead, and then assisted on the last basket of the night in a 101-96 win over the Jazz.

400+ miles to the north Steph Curry had a more modest  46 in their 125-104 win over Memphis. 20 years ago, Michael Jordan’s Bulls won 72 games, a record few thought would be broken. This Warriors team had 39 wins at home, 34 on the road. The next challenge starts this weekend.  They begin defense of their NBA title Saturday at home against the Rockets.

Nothing the TV gods could do about the time of day, but would have been nice for more people to see live what happened late Wednesday night.  Less worry about that kind of thing these days. It’s online, on social, on You Tube, on ESPN.com.  If you want to find it, you’ll find it.

And people are finding the Warriors like never before.  They had most of the highest-rated games on ESPN this season.

The Warriors are imminently the most watchable team in American sports right now.   But at least for one night – on his very last as a professional – Kobe shared the spotlight.  It was bright and it was beautiful.

 

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