Kobe Bryant’s No. 8 + No. 24 Retired
UNDATED (AP) — Kobe Bryant received a double honor at halftime of the Los Angeles Lakers 116-114 overtime loss against the Golden State Warriors.
The Lakers retired each of his uniform numbers last night. He scored 16,777 points while wearing No. 8, and 16,866 points in No. 24. Lakers owner Jeanie Buss explained the double-retirement by saying, "If you separated each of the accomplishments under those numbers, each of those players would qualify for the Hall of Fame."
Bryant told the cheering crowd that "It's not about the jerseys that are hanging up there for me. It's about the jerseys that were hanging up there before. They inspired me to play the game at a high level."
As for the game, Kevin Durant scored 36 points and hit a tiebreaking 22-foot jumper with 7.3 seconds left in OT to push the Warriors to their ninth straight win. Klay Thompson had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the defending NBA champions.
The Lakers had a chance at the end, but David West blocked Lonzo Ball's shot and Brandon Ingram couldn't beat the buzzer.
Checking out last night's other NBA action:
— The Rockets grabbed their 14th consecutive win as Eric Gordon scored 17 of his season-high 33 points in the fourth quarter of a 120-99 victory over the Jazz. Houston had runs of 15-0 and 11-0 in outscoring Utah 41-15 in the final period. The Rockets are a league-best 25-4, one game better than Boston.
— Terry Rozier's steal and dunk with 1.5 seconds left sent the Celtics past the Pacers 112-111. Boston trailed 107-102 after Victor Oladipo's (oh-lah-dee'-pohz) basket with 31 seconds left, but Kyrie (KY'-ree) Irving followed with a pair of 3-pointers as part of his 30-point night. Al Horford had 14 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for the Celtics, who led by 18 in the first quarter and by 15 at halftime.
— LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker led the Spurs past the Clippers 109-91. Aldridge scored 19 points and Parker finished with 16 and seven assists to help San Antonio win in Kawhi (kah-WY') Leonard's first home game of the season. Leonard scored seven points in 16 minutes before sitting out the second half as he comes back from a quadriceps injury.
— Jimmy Butler poured in 37 points and sank two free throws that gave the Timberwolves the lead with 2.5 seconds left in a 108-107 victory over the Trail Blazers. Jamal Crawford contributed 16 of his season-high 23 points in the fourth quarter and helped Minnesota rally from 10 points down in the final 7 1/2 minutes.
— Russell Westbrook had a season-high 38 points, nine rebounds and six assists as the Thunder knocked off the Nuggets 95-94 to reach the .500 mark. Westbrook scored 16 points in the final period, including the tiebreaking free throw with 2.3 seconds left to send Oklahoma City to its seventh win in 10 games.
— It's a six-game winning streak for the Bulls after Nikola Mirotic and Kris Dunn each scored 22 points in a 117-115 decision over the 76ers. Mirotic also grabbed 13 rebounds in helping the Bulls remain unbeaten since a 3-20 start.
— Frank Kaminsky tied a season high with 24 points and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 15 with 10 rebounds as the Hornets thumped the Knicks 109-91. Kaminsky scored 15 points in the first half and was 10-for-13 from the field overall, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range.
— Alex Len had 14 points and 14 rebounds in sending the Suns past the Mavericks 97-91. TJ Warren scored 19 points and Isaiah Canaan added 17 as Phoenix improved to 2-0 on its three-game road trip.
— Taurean Prince scored 24 points and Dennis Schroder (SHROO'-dur) chipped in 23 as the Hawks downed the Heat 110-104. The NBA's worst team ended a four-game skid and improved to 7-23.