Lakers news: Gordon Hayward denies role in Kobe Bryant's 60-point game
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Gordon Hayward fires back at rumors that he gave Lakers’ Kobe Bryant a chance to get 60 points

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Boston Celtics swingman Gordon Hayward went on a series of tweets on Monday, denying claims that he purposely tried to help Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant reach 60 points during his final NBA game back in April 13, 2016.

A day after Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others lost their lives in a horrific helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, an interesting clip from Bryant’s final NBA game began circulating on social media.

Mike Tirico of NBC Sports noted that Hayward — who was a member of the Utah Jazz at the time — tried to commit a lane violation in case Bryant missed a free throw that would have given him 60 points. Bryant, of course, nailed the free-throw and capped of arguably the best final game send-off in NBA history.

Hayward began his series of tweets by joining the rest of the world in grieving the loss of the enigmatic superstar.

After sharing what Bryant meant to him as a person and a basketball player, the 29-year-old denied the rumors and said he respected the Lakers icon too much to do such thing.

Gordon Hayward will always hold the honor to have matched-up against Kobe Bryant in his final NBA game. He scored 17 points as the Jazz fell 101-96 in that historic night. It is also worth noting that he now plays for the Lakers’ archrivals Boston Celtics.

Hayward has since displayed the “Mamba Mentality” since that fateful encounter with Bryant.

The one-time All-Star has recovered from devastating injury setbacks in recent seasons and has become a vital component in the Celtics’ dominant start this season.