By the Numbers: Kobe's Last Day In the NBA Broke the Internet and Much More

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles during the post game news conference after scoring 60 points in the final game of his NBA career at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

By the Numbers: Kobe's Last Day In the NBA Broke the Internet and Much More

He dominated the hearts and minds of NBA fans everywhere.

Published April 16, 2016

Kobe Bryant dominated the NBA court one last time on Wednesday, scoring a historic 60 points in his final game. The outpouring of love and respect transcended fandom and even the sport itself as many across the world honored the 5-time NBA champion. Among the memorable things that happened on Bryant's last day in the NBA: he helped Nike break a record when his "Mamba Day" limited release NikeiD sneakers were the most successful release the brand has ever had, amassed 500,000 new Twitter followers in a single day and literally broke the internet when the social media platform went down during his final game. 

What's more, Bryant awed fans one last time on Wednesday night when he dropped 60 points in his final game, single-handedly shooting his team to victory. While the game was meaningless from a win-loss perspective, as the Lakers have been near the bottom of the Western Conference for the entire season, it was as electric as a NBA Championship game, with fans in the crowd, and all over the world, experiencing greatness one last time.

There were some pretty impressive fan tributes to the Black Mamba on Twitter:

Kobe's "Mamba Day" NikeiD sneakers broke records by becoming the most successful product launch in the brand's history, reportedly experiencing an 100 percent sell-through. 

Kobe's last day proved, once again, that he is one of the greatest to ever play the game, and that his mark on the sport will never be forgotten.

Check out how Kobe dominated the court for the final time with this BET Break:

(Photo: Harry How/Getty Images)

Written by Evelyn Diaz


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