Kobe’s last game
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After a 20-year career, Kobe Bryant says goodbye

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Kobe Bryant signs the court late into the night at the Staples Center.

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Kobe Bryant kisses his wife Vanessa long after his last game at the Staples Center.

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Kobe Bryant leaves the court for the last time as a Laker, heading to the locker room after scoring 60 points and leading the team to a 101-96 win over the Utah Jazz.

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Kobe Bryant is all smiles after his final game at Staples Center Wednesday.

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Kobe Bryant shares a laugh with former teammate Derek Fisher on the court after scoring 60 points in his last game as a Laker at Staples Center.

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Kobe Bryant greets Lamar Odom after his final game at Staples Center.

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Kobe Bryant kisses his wife Vanessa after his final game.

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Kobe Bryant walks off the court after his final game at Staples Center.

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Saluting the crowd

Lakers Kobe Bryant salutes the crowd at the end of the game.

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Kobe Bryant waves to the crowd as he walks off the court for the last time at Staples Center. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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Lakers Kobe Bryant pauses for a moment as confetti streams down following his last game at the Staples Center. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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Kobe Bryant salutes the crowd at the end of his final game at Staples Center.

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Kobe Bryant feels the love of the fans at Staples Center following his final game.

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Lakers Kobe Bryant and  A.C. Green after his final game at Staples Center.

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Kobe Bryant thanks the crowd after his final game at Staples Center.

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Kobe Bryant waves goodbye to the crowd after his final game at the Staples Center.

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Balloons and confetti fall after Kobe Bryant’s last game

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A security guard stnds alone on the court after Kobe Bryant’s last game at the Staples Center Wednesday.

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Los Angeles City Hall is decorated with Lakers’ purple and gold lights for Kobe Bryant’s last game.

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Kobe Bryant is mobbed as he scores 60-points in his final NBA game at the Staples Center.

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Kobe Bryant gets a slap from comedian George Lopez after making a three-pointer in his final game.

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Kobe Bryant watches as the ball hits the bottom of the net during his last game as a Los Angeles Laker against the Utah Jazz.

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Kobe Bryant stretches out as he makes a basket during his final game as a Laker on April 12 at Staples Center.

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Kobe Bryant drives late in the final minutes of the game at Staples Center.

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Kanye West and Jay Z greet each other before Kobe Bryant’s final game.

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Kobe Bryant drives the ball in the third quarter of his final game at the Staples Center Wednesday.

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Kobe Bryant tries to steal the ball in his last game as a Laker at the Staples Center Wednesday, April 12.

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Kobe Bryant shakes hands with Shaquille O’Neal at his final game at Staples Center on April 13.

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The Weeknd and girlfriend Bella Hadid arrive for Kobe Bryant’s final game at Staples Center.

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Kobe Bryant is stripped of the ball by Jazz guard Rodney Hood during first half action at Staples Center.

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Kobe Bryant drives to the basket during the first half of his final NBA game.

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Lamar Odom attends Kobe Bryant’s final game at Staples Center.

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Lakers star Kobe Bryant, center, heads to the locker room after scoring 22 points in the first half of his final game on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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Kobe Bryant takes a shot in the first quarter of his final game at the Staples Center Wednesday.

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Kobe Bryant blocks a shot by Trevor Booker in his final game at Staples Center on Wednesday.

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Front row fans, including Jack Nicholson cheer Kobe Bryant after he hits a shot during first half action against the Jazz at Staples Center.

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LOS ANGELES-CA-APRIL 13, 2016: Kobe thanks the crowd before his final game at Staples Center.

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Kobe Bryant is welcomed onto the court for his farewell game at Staples Center on April 13.

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Kobe Bryant acknowledges the Staples Center crowd during a pregame ceremony.

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Kobe Bryant with Magic Johnson before Kobe plays his last game as a Los Angeles Laker against the Utah Jazz.

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Surrounded by cameras Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson embrace before Bryant’s final game at the Staples Center Wednesday. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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Kobe Bryant waits for introductions before his final game at the Staples Center Wednesday, April 12.

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T-shirts await fans who attend Kobe Bryant’s final game at Staples Center.

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A young girl, sporting Kobe Bryant’s original No. 8 Lakers jersey, bounces a ball on the court before the future Hall-of-Famer’s final game.

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The Lakers store at Staples Center was all about Kobe Bryant and his merchandise on the day of his final NBA game.

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Fans gather outside Staples Center before Kobe Bryant’s final game in a Laker uniform.

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Rock star “Flea” rehearses the National Anthem before Kobe Bryant’s last game on April 13 as players warm-up.

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Fans gathered outside Staples Center ahead of Kobe Bryant’s final game with the Lakers.

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Lakers fans gather outside Staples Center before the final game of Kobe Bryant’s career.

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Chick Hearn Court is packed as fans descend on Staples Cener to witness Kobe Bryant play his last game as a Los Angeles Laker against the Utah Jazz.

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Lakers fans get a Kobe chant going outside Staples Center in Los Angeles before Laker great Kobe Bryant’s final game on Wednesday.

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Members of a group of Kobe Bryant fans who flew in from China, including Iris Hong of Beijing, right, get excited outside Staples Center for the player’s last game Wednesday.

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Fans sign a giant card for Kobe Bryant outside Staples Center before his final game Wednesday.

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Kobe Bryant fans swarm to Staples Center in Los Angeles to show their love for the Laker great at his last game Wednesday.

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Kobe Bryant footwear is on display as the Laker Girls arrive for Wednesday night’s game, the basketball star’s last.

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Fans sign a giant card for Kobe Bryant outside Staples Center in Los Angeles before his final game Wednesday.

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