The Toronto Raptors and the San Antonio Spurs ran out the shot clock in honor of Kobe Bryant after his unexpected death Sunday.

Both teams took a 24-second violation during their first possession of the game as a tribute to Bryant, who wore number 24 for the Los Angeles Lakers when he played. The Raptors, who had the first possession, held the ball for 24 seconds, amid cheers from the crowd, and the Spurs soon followed. 

The announcers said the teams had decided before the tip-off that they would honor the basketball player because his number matched the number of seconds on the shot clock.  


The crowd responded by standing, clapping and chanting “Kobe.” 

The 41-year-old basketball star died in a helicopter crash Sunday outside of Los Angeles, according to multiple reports. Bryant played for the NBA for 20 years and is known as one of the greatest shooters in NBA history after earning 33,643 points, two NBA Finals Most Valuable Player awards and one regular season MVP honor.

Officials say Bryant was among five killed in the crash that occurred at 10 a.m. The Federal Aviation Administration said the accident was due to “unknown circumstances” in a statement.