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Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant shoots against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Monday, April 11, 2016.

As his legendary career nears a close on Wednesday night, Kobe Bryant's 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Laker have been filled with moments of wild success and excruciating disappointment.

Bryant's finale gets under way at 7:30 pm local time (0230 GMT) - the same time that Golden State will set out to clinch a record-breaking 73rd regular season victory, taking them past the mark of 72 set by the Jordan-era Chicago Bulls in the 1995-1996 campaign.

Dynamic Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook was the star of the show with the second fastest triple-double in National Basketball Association history, bringing up the feat before halftime in just 18 minutes.

That about sums up how quickly the Thunder struck the Lakers.

But it was Bryant who came out hottest in the first quarter, racking up all 13 of his points, including three triples.

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"I think it's one of the most impressive stories in the National Basketball Association this year", Kerr said.

Scott kept trying to get dinner with Bryant the last few weeks but it didn't happen. In the fourth quarter, the crowd started chanting "We want Kobe", and "Kobe", but the Thunder had the game well in hand.

"I wasn't thinking about it at all", Scott said. During the Lakers' run to the 2004 NBA Finals, Bryant occasionally flew daily between his pretrial hearings and the Lakers' postseason games.

"He plays the game with such an energy and such aggressiveness", Bryant said.

The road was good to Bryant. "I mean, we got you, but at the same time, we got you".

Durant was glad the Thunder fans treated Bryant well.

The 2.13m Kiwi had his sixth double-double of the season as he finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds in 24 minutes, going six of nine from the floor, just one of five from the free-throw line, and adding two assists, a pair of steals and a block.

Bryant has 26 points and 10 rebounds against the Indiana Pacers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, teaming with Shaquille O'Neal and coach Phil Jackson to lead the Lakers to their first championship together. Bryant watched when Hield scored 37 points in the Sooners' Elite Eight win against Oregon.

"I would love for that to be the ending of the story", Scott said.

To grab the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot the Jazz need to defeat the Lakers and then hope the Houston Rockets lose at home to the hapless Sacramento Kings.

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