Mavericks, Oklahoma City Thunder Honor Kobe Bryant Before Game

Alan Scaia
January 28, 2020 - 6:56 am
The Oklahoma City Thunder have a moment of silence for Kobe Bryant before the start of a game against the Dallas Mavericks at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (1080 KRLD) - The Dallas Mavericks played their first game since the death of Kobe Bryant Monday evening, traveling to Oklahoma City to face the Thunder.

Before the game, the Thunder held a moment of silence while showing pictures of Bryant on their video board.

The Mavericks won the tip-off and took an eight second back-court violation. Then the Thunder took a 24 second clock violation. Those were the two numbers Bryant wore during his career with the Lakers.

"You're talking about a guy who was a cultural icon, one of the greatest athletes to ever play any sport," says Mavs Head Coach Rick Carlisle.

Shooting guard Luka Doncic wrote the names of all nine people who died in the crash Sunday morning on his shoes.

"It was very emotional," he said after the game. "I broke down after the first quarter. That's when it really hit me."

The Mavericks return to the American Airlines Center Tuesday night to face the Phoenix Suns at 7:30. The team says it is planning a memorial but has not released details.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has said the team would retire the number 24.