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Apr 14, 2016

Kobe Bryant Calls It Quits

Kobe Bryant Calls It Quits

Last night basketball legend Kobe Bryant played his last professional game of basketball. After 20 years playing hoops for the LA Lakers he called it Mamba Out with 60 points against the Utah Jazz. Take a bow.

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Workers paste a Kobe Bryant decal on the side of Staples Center on the last day of Kobe's 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, in Los Angeles LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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Lily Chen, 26, who said she has been a Lakers fan her whole life, poses for a photo in the Lakers store at Staples Center on the last day of Kobe Bryant's 20-year career with the team, in Los Angeles LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) waves to the crowd as he walks on the court before a game against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. Bryant concludes his 20-year NBA career tonight. Robert Hanashiro/USA Today Sports

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) is introduced before a game against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. Bryant concludes his 20-year NBA career tonight. Gary A. Vasquez/USA Today Sports

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) works the ball against Utah Jazz guard Shelvin Mack (8) at Staples Center. Bryant concludes his 20-year NBA career tonight. Robert Hanashiro/USA Today Sports

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) shoots against Utah Jazz center Jeff Withey (24) and forward Gordon Hayward (20) during the first quarter at Staples Center. Bryant concludes his 20-year NBA career tonight. Robert Hanashiro/USA Today Sports

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) dribbles the ball between Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) and center Jeff Withey (24) during the first quarter at Staples Center. Robert Hanashiro/USA Today Sports

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) and Lakers center Roy Hibbert (17) wait at the scorer's table against the Utah Jazz in the second quarter at Staples Center. Bryant played in the last game of his 20-year NBA career. Gary A. Vasquez/USA Today Sports

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) bumps fists with people at the scorers table before the start of the second half against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. Robert Hanashiro/USA Today Sports

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) drives to the basket on Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) during the third quarter at Staples Center. Bryant played in the final game of his career. Robert Hanashiro/USA Today Sports

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Fans cheer after Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) hits a jump shot during the third quarter against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. Bryant was playing in the final game of his NBA career. Robert Hanashiro/USA Today Sports

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) shoots against Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) during the second half at Staples Center. Gary A. Vasquez/USA Today Sports

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) leaves the court after the Lakers victory over the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. Bryant was playing in the final game of his 20 year NBA career. Gary A. Vasquez/USA Today Sports

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) waves to the crowd as he heads to the bench before the end of the Lakers win over the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. Bryant scored 60 points in the final game of his career. Robert Hanashiro/USA Today Sports

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) acknowledges spectators as he comes off the floor against Utah Jazz. Gary A. Vasquez/USA Today Sports

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) looks on after the Lakers defeat of the Utah Jazz 101-96 at Staples Center in Bryant's final game of his career. Bryant scored 60 points in the game. Robert Hanashiro/USA Today Sports

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) speaks to the crowd following the 101-96 victory against Utah Jazz. Gary A. Vasquez/USA Today Sports

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