Kobe Bryant's 60-point finale was so incredible in large part because of how rare such performances had become in his later years. The Hall-of-Fame guard averaged only 17.6 points per game in his final season on a dismal 35.8 percent shooting, and he hadn't even reached 40 points at any other point in that season. Yet in his finale, he was able to get to 60. What changed?
Well, he had some help. Astute viewers of the game notice Julius Randle setting a number of illegal screens to help get Bryant open for clean looks, and finally, a teammate of Bryant's has copped to that. Jordan Clarkson spoke to The Athletic's Bill Oram about that game and was incredibly forthright with how the Lakers helped Bryant perform his masterpiece.