After 20 years of doing what he loves, Kobe Bryant played his last game against the Utah Jazz last night and scored 60 points. In true Kobe Bryant fashion, he was at his best. The left image was taken during Bryant first game with the Los Angeles Lakers and the right image was taken last night. After missing his first five shots, many started to panic. People paid a lot of money and came to watch a living legend give them a show and that he did. Bryant hit a 10-footer after a pump fake to the left and made the shot. That started his momentum. He joked that during his years with the Lakers, players and fans always wanted him to pass the ball, but in his final game, things were different and they kept handing him the ball. 60 points later Bryant said, "Man!" he exclaimed after the game when handed a microphone at midcourt. "I can't believe how fast 20 years went by. This is crazy. This is absolutely crazy. We've been through our ups and we've been through our downs. I think the most important part is that we stayed together throughout." "This has been absolutely beautiful. Bryant said afterward, right before a yellow confetti storm took place in the arena. "I can't believe it's come to an end." The final score was 101-96, with the Lakers winning the game. Although bittersweet, thank you Kobe Bryant for bringing excitement to the sport of basketball. Your work ethic is amazing and we are grateful to have watched you all these years. Watch highlights from the pre-game show, the game and more images, below.
Bryant wife of 15-years, Vanessa Bryant shared an intimate moment with just the two of them on the court (top image) before the crowd came. Their two adorable daughters, Natalia Diamante Bryant and Maria-Onore Bryant, were also there to support their dad.
Magic Johnson, who Bryant lists as one of his basketball heroes, did the pre-game honors, calling Bryant the best Lakers player of all time.
About 25 of Bryant's former teammates were at the game. To list a few, Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal, Lamar Odom who everyone was happy to see after a scary year he's had. Robert Horry, Rick Fox, Derek Fisher and so much more.
Enjoy the slide show of celebrities paying homage to "The Black Mamba" celebrities citing at the game and more images. Watch highlights below.
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