Kobe Bryant to sit out season finale

Kobe Bryant will sit out Thursday night’s regular season finale at Sacramento, meaning Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant will win his third straight NBA scoring title.

Bryant, who recently returned after missing seven games with a shin injury, was going to need at least 38 points against the Kings to overtake Durant for the top spot and win his third scoring crown.

But head coach Mike Brown has chosen to sit most of his key players in the meaningless matchup, with his team set to begin the playoffs Sunday against Denver or Dallas.

With the Thunder’s regular season complete, the 23-year-old Durant will edge the 33-year-old Bryant by a margin of 28.0 points per game to 27.9.

Durant eclipsed the five-time NBA champion by scoring 35, 32 and 32 in the final three games.