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Kobe Bryant's final road game is just another bum trip for Lakers, who lose by 33 in Oklahoma City

Kobe Bryant's final road game is just another bum trip for Lakers, who lose by 33 in Oklahoma City

If nothing else, this will always be the last place Kobe Bryant appeared in a playoff game.

It was 2012, back when the postseason was still an annual Lakers rite, and it was vintage Bryant — 42 points in 41 minutes as the Oklahoma City Thunder eliminated the Lakers in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Lamar Odom had been unceremoniously dumped a handful of months earlier and Phil Jackson was already on another sabbatical, as he liked to call them. Times were starting to get tough. Or so Lakers fans thought.

Fast forward to now, and just about every Lakers game is a sabbatical.

They were thumped Monday night by the...

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