Kobe Bryant sat out the Los Angeles Lakers' last game of the NBA regular season in Sacramento, ensuring Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant won the league's scoring title.
Bryant would have needed to score 38 points to deny Durant a third straight scoring title.
The Lakers ended up losing the meaningless contest 113-96 to Sacramento and before the game coach Mike Brown said his superstar would sit out. Los Angeles is due to open their post-season campaign on Sunday against Denver.
Bryant had already said he was more concerned with maximizing the Lakers' playoff prospects.
"I don't care about that," Bryant said. "If I did, I would have gone for 50 (last week) in San Antonio."
The Lakers clinched the Pacific Division and third seed in the Western Conference when the Clippers lost at Atlanta on Tuesday.
Durant scored 32 points in the Thunder's 106-101 loss to Denver on Wednesday, Oklahoma City's final game of the regular season. He finished the regular season averaging 28.0 points per game.
Bryant is averaging 27.9 points per game.