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Kobe Bryant gave the fans quite a show for his curtain call. He scored his most points since February 2, 2009 when scoring 61 points against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. It was the sixth time the five-time champion has scored 60 or more points in an NBA game, this time setting a career-high for field-goal attempts, surpassing his previous high of 47 in a 2002 overtime loss to the Celtics in Boston. He scored 15 of his team’s final 17 points, including a go-ahead jumper with 31.6 seconds left. And with 14 seconds left, like Michael Jordan, Bryant's final two career points came at the free throw line. At the end of a memorable night filled with video tributes, endless cheers and standing ovations, Bryant told the fans that he appreciated how they stuck by him through ups and downs in his career. He told them how much it meant to only play for the Lakers, the team he loved ever since childhood. “To be drafted and then traded to this organization and then to spend 20 years here, you can’t write something better than this,” Bryant said. “All I can do here is thank you guys. This has been absolutely beautiful. I can’t believe this comes to an end.” “No words can describe how I feel about you guys. Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart. God, I love you guys.” Bryant thanked his wife and two daughters before turning back to the crowd. “What can I say?” Bryant said with a huge smile. “Mamba out.”
I hated Kobe so I hate seeing him leave.
Such a perfect ending to a legendary career!
Thank you Kobe.
Mamba Out! Classic Kobe. I can't imagine him leaving the game any other way....
He gave us a helluva run. I can't imagine basketball without him. What a legend!
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