Kobe Bryant’s historic night

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Mamba out.

In the final game of his storied career, Kobe Bryant scored 60 points and even managed to overshadow the Golden State Warriors as they became the greatest team in NBA history.

As the former MVP had a sendoff for the ages — including a 3-pointer that gave his L.A. Lakers the lead over the Utah Jazz with 59 seconds left to play — the Warriors eclipsed the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls by winning their 73rd game of the season. Stephen Curry scored 46 points in three quarters during Wednesday night’s triumph over the Memphis Grizzlies.

It was the sixth 60-point game of Kobe’s career.

“It’s hard to believe that it happened this way,” the 5-time NBA champion told reporters after the game.

However, it was Kobe’s farewell performance for the last-place Lakers that triggered the sort of social-media meltdown that the seemingly unstoppable Warriors would’ve normally expected for themselves.

Here’s a roundup of photos from after Kobe stepped off the court for the last time — and the Warriors made history.

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Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers acknowledges the crowd before taking on the Utah Jazz in Bryant's final NBA game at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Harry How/Getty)
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers acknowledges the crowd before taking on the Utah Jazz in Bryant’s final NBA game at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, Calif.
Photo by Harry How/Getty
Earvin 'Magic' Johnson hugs Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers before the game against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Harry How/Getty)
Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson hugs Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers before the game against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, Calif.
Photo by Harry How/Getty
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes up for a shot against Gordon Hayward #20 of the Utah Jazz in the fourth quarter at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Harry How/Getty)
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes up for a shot against Gordon Hayward #20 of the Utah Jazz in the fourth quarter at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, Calif.
Photo by Harry How/Getty
Balloons and confetti rain on the court following Kobe Bryant's final game as a Laker in their season-ending NBA western division matchup aginst the Utah Jazz in Los Angeles, Calif., on April 13, 2016. (Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty)
Balloons and confetti rain on the court following Kobe Bryant’s final game as a Laker in their season-ending NBA western division matchup aginst the Utah Jazz in Los Angeles, Calif., on April 13, 2016, where the Lakers defeated the Jazz 101-96.
Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant pounds his chest after the last NBA basketball game of his career, against the Utah Jazz, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Jae C. Hong/AP)
Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant pounds his chest after the last NBA basketball game of his career, against the Utah Jazz, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles, Calif.
Photo by Jae C. Hong/AP
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, right, fist-bumps his daughter Gianna after the last NBA basketball game of his career, against the Utah Jazz on April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Jae C. Hong/AP)
Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, right, fist-bumps his daughter Gianna after the last NBA basketball game of his career, against the Utah Jazz on April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles, Calif.
Photo by Jae C. Hong/AP
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers hugs former teammate Shaquille O'Neal after retiring from basketball scoring 60 points against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty)
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers hugs former teammate Shaquille O’Neal after retiring from basketball scoring 60 points against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, Calif. Bryant played his last game as a Laker and retired from basketball.
Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty
NBA: Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers (Photo by Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters)
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 on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, Calif.
Photo by Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters
NBA: Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers (Photo by Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) acknowledges the crowd as he walks off the court at the end of the final game of his career at Staples Center. on April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles, Calif.
Photo by Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant walks off the court after finishing his last NBA basketball game before retirement, against the Utah Jazz on April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mark J. Terrill/AP)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant walks off the court after finishing his last NBA basketball game before retirement, against the Utah Jazz on April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Mark J. Terrill/AP
Fans do the wave as the Golden State Warriors jump ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies during the second half of an NBA basketball game, April 13, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (Photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Fans do the wave as the Golden State Warriors jump ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies during the second half of an NBA basketball game, April 13, 2016, in Oakland, Calif.
Photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots a three point basket against Memphis Grizzlies forward JaMychal Green during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., April 13, 2016. (Photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots a three point basket against Memphis Grizzlies forward JaMychal Green during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., April 13, 2016.
Photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP
Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson, center, drives to the basket as Memphis Grizzlies' Chris Andersen defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, April 13, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (Photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson, center, drives to the basket as Memphis Grizzlies’ Chris Andersen defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, April 13, 2016, in Oakland, Calif.
Photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP
Confetti falls after the Golden State Warriors beat the Memphis Grizzlies 125-104 in an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., April 13, 2016. (Photo by Jeff Chiu/AP)
Confetti falls after the Golden State Warriors beat the Memphis Grizzlies 125-104 in an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., April 13, 2016. Down to their final chance, the Warriors became the NBA’s first 73-win team.
Photo by Jeff Chiu/AP
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green reacts in front of fans during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Oakland, Calif., April 13, 2016. (Photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green reacts in front of fans during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Oakland, Calif., April 13, 2016.
Photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP
Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, front, is hugged by teammate Draymond Green after a 125-104 win over the Memphis Grizzlies during an NBA basketball game, April 13, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (Photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, front, is hugged by teammate Draymond Green after a 125-104 win over the Memphis Grizzlies during an NBA basketball game, April 13, 2016, in Oakland, Calif.
Photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

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