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Kobe Bryant takes 60 points in NBA last bow

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Kobe Bryant takes 60 points in NBA last bow

Kobe Bryant scored 60 points in his final NBA game to finish his 20-year career in the league with a dazzling showcase of his offensive prowess.

The veteran nicknamed the Black Mamba scored 23 points in the fourth quarter, making it his first 50-point game since February 2009.

His team, the Los Angeles Lakers was trailing with a 15 point gap behind Utah Jazz, but Bryant entered to rally his team as he had so many times before to win the game by 101-96.

With the entire Staples Center crowd standing in anticipation, Bryant netted a 3-pointer with 59 seconds left, and another after 27 seconds, making it 97-96. He ith an assist before checking out for good with 4.1 seconds left in just the Lakers’ 17th win of the season.

“It’s hard to believe it happened this way,” Bryant said with a smile. “I’m still shocked about it.”

“The perfect ending would have been a championship. But tonight was (me) trying to go out, play hard and try to put on a show as much as I possibly could. It felt good to be able to do that one last time.”

It was indeed, one last classic Black Mamba performance.

The Lakers honored Bryant before and after the game, who is retiring after 20 seasons, five championship rings and 18 All-Star selections with the. As an entire night dedicated Bryant wraps up, he became the fifth player in NBA history to play 20 seasons, and the first with just one team.

Kobe became the oldest player to score 50 points in an NBA game in what was fifth highest-scoring game of his career. He also took another honor by gathering 50 shots in 42 minutes of play, surpassing his previous career high of 47 shots, taken in a loss to the Boston Celtics on 7 November 2002.

Bryant briefly addressed the crowd after the game, expressing thanks for the fans’ support.

“Mamba out!” he said with much finality.

Warriors tie record of most NBA wins in a season

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Warriors tie record of most NBA wins in a season

At 72-9, the Golden State Warriors have equaled the record number of wins set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls team with one game in hand.

The Warriors improved to the record after a 92-86 win over San Antonio Spurs, a team that played the Warriors best this season. Spurs coach, Gregg Popovich had in fact employed Warriors coach Steve Kerr as his reserve hybrid guard twice. Kerr played same role for the 1995-96 Bulls, too.

However, all those were mere gossip and trivialities as both teams battled throughout the game. Scoring 10 out of his 37 points in the fourth quarter, Stephen Curry took the game as his final total outpaced both teams’ first half output.

Still, both teams underperformed to see such a bizarre situation, tying the score at 35-35 before the second half. The Warriors only scored 14 in the first quarter – their lowest this season.

But after the break, everyone managed to compose themselves for a more entertaining match. San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge (24 points, 10 rebounds) strove for Spurs, but it was once again the Curry show as he made use of his uncanny ability to free himself amongst giants to gain much needed space.

San Antonio was not free of blame either. Their offensive frustrations continued throughout the night, as its perimeter triptych of Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Danny Green combined to miss 26 of 36 shots.

Even substitutes Patty Mills (2-8) and Manu Ginobili (2-7) struggled. Duncan’s replacement David West worked his tail off as expected, but he missed five of seven from the field, while Boris Diaw sat because of injuries to his right abductor, groin, and plain fatigue.

The game then, ended as Golden State’s first win in 33 tries in San Antonio, and San Antonio’s first regular season home loss in 13 months. But it is apparent that “rest” is in the heads of both camps, coming in anticipation of the two-month playoff slog that begins next weekend.

NBA Score of the day

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NBA Score of the day

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The Raptors were lagging behind with a 16-point gap at the break and was fated to suffer yet another bad day at the Air Canada Centre, then in came DeMar Derozan and Kyle Lowry to ward all of that off.

They started well, leading with 5 points during the first quarter only to equal their worst opening 24 minutes of the season, trailing at the break at 58-42.

Coach Dwayne Casey said that he felt like he has been screaming at his team over the last few weeks, and today was no different.

“Our guys know they didn’t play well the first half,” Casey said. “It shouldn’t take me going in at halftime jumping up and down and challenging them, ‘Who do you want to be?’

The message was received loud and clear. The Raptors rallied, and lit up the scoreboard with four 3-pointers and a 24-2 run for a 12-point lead. Spectators roared as Bismack Biyombo stole the ball off Brook Lopez and set up Cory Joseph for a dunk and a 14-point lead.

DeRozan scored 25 points while Lowry added 23 and nine assists to keep the team trenched and shake a loss to the Rockets on Sunday and improve to 42-20.

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The Spurs are back on track after a rare loss to the Pacers, with LaMarcus Aldridge taking 29 points off the Timberwolves in their 116-91 win. Continue reading

Warriors tie Bulls’ record of 44 home wins streak

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Warriors tie Bulls' record of 44 home wins streak

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Clinching another feather for their already down-filled hat, the Golden State Warriors breaks yet another record by tying the Bulls’ 96 record of a 44 home wins streak, beating the Oklahoma City Thunders by 121-106 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.

MVP Steph Curry, recently named the Kia NBA Western Conference Player of the Month for his February performance scores 33 point and goes five for fifteen from long range in what was a rematch of last week’s epic.

The Warriors were trailing 80-71 to the Thunders playing the back-half of a back-to back. Taking control of the game, Golden State cuts their gap to one and lead during the fourth, scoring the first seven points thanks to a Marreese Speights 3-pointer and a firm game from Shaun Livingston.

They immediately widened the gap when the starters returned, pushing up to 106-97 with Curry’s 3-point play with little more than 4 minutes left. Andrew Bogut then managed to steal the ball from Kevin Durant which then led to a dunk by Thompson, making it a 12-point gap.

Steph Curry merely added two late 3s to seal the Thunders’ fate.

Showing few effects after being rested for a sprained ankle, Curry beat Durant with a crossover for his first basket, and hits two 3-pointers in the first quarter to extend his streak to 130 straight games with a 3.