Kobe Bryant is now 40 years old. 

It’s been a long time now since he tormented the Phoenix Suns, so with that in mind, we’ve decided to take a look back a three times Bryant absolutely torched Phoenix.

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April 30, 2006

In Game 4 of a first-round playoff series, Kobe Bryant forced overtime with a last-second looping drive after a Steve Nash turnover and won the game when he corralled a jump-ball and raced up the court for a 17-foot buzzer-beater. Kobe. The Lakers led 3-1 after the victory but the Suns rallied to win the series.

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May 29, 2010

The Suns’ improbable conference-finals run ended at home when Kobe Bryant scored 37 points, including 24 in the second half with often-spectacular shots. The Suns, coming off a devastating Game 5 loss in which a Bryant airball was put back by Ron Artest at the buzzer, were eliminated with a 111-103 Game 6 loss and have not returned to the playoffs since then.

Jan. 10, 2012

Playing with a torn right wrist ligament, Bryant scored 48 points to lead the Lakers to a 99-83 win. Bryant wore out the Suns’ defense as he made 18 of  his 31 shot. “Not bad for an old fellow,” Bryant, 33 at the time, said. 


The Suns pay tribute to Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant during his final appearance in Phoenix.

Better memories for Suns fans

Bryant burned Phoenix on many occasions, but Suns fans will also always have some good memories of facing the former Lakers great.

Raja Bell’s 2006 playoffs clothesline comes to mind, as well as all the Lakers’ first-round playoff exits against the Suns and an 18-23 record for the Lakers in Phoenix during Bryant’s tenure.