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‘Do it for Kobe’: Teen wearing Bryant’s number sinks game-winning shot

Posted: 1:16 PM, Jan 29, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-29 13:16:02-05

CHANDLER, Ariz. (NEXSTAR) — We’ve seen hundreds of tributes to Kobe Bryant following his death, but few have been as exciting as a high schooler sinking a game-winning shot Tuesday as the crowd chanted “Kobe.”

Video posted to Twitter by Brayden Nako shows his Basha varsity basketball team in Arizona tied with rival Perry High with just four seconds left on the clock. As his team is preparing to inbound the ball, you hear someone in the crowd yell, “Do it for Kobe!” That’s followed by Kobe chants.

As the clock inched closer to zero, Trenton McLaughlin, who was wearing Bryant’s number 24, got his hands on the ball and sank a three-pointer as the buzzer went off.

The gym erupted into cheers. Nako posted the video to Twitter with the caption, “for Kobe.” As of early Tuesday morning, the clip had been viewed some 500,000 times.

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