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Kobe Bryant signs off from NBA with stunning 60 point farewell

Kobe Bryant scored 60 points in his final game of basketball as the Los Angeles Lakers produced a stunning comeback to beat the Utah Jazz.

The five-time NBA champion thrilled a packed Staples Center in his retirement game with his sixth 60-point haul of his career - only the great Wilt Chamberlain has more.

Kobe Bryant scored 60 points in his final game of basketball. Credit: Reuters

The 37-year-old announced in November the current campaign would be his last, leading to a 'farewell tour' which saw the 18-time NBA All-Star honoured in various arenas.

But the biggest celebration was saved for in front of the Lakers' home crowd as he called time on a 20-year career in stunning fashion.

Bryant had the fans on their feet early on, scoring a couple of three-pointers as he posted 22 of the Lakers' 42 first-half points.

But more was to come in the second half as Bryant hauled the Lakers from behind to snatch a 101-96 victory at the end.

Bryant addressed the crowd afterwards and said: "I grew up a die-hard Laker fan - die-hard - so to be drafted and traded to this organisation and spend 20 years here, you can't write something like that."

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Golden State Warriors miss out on home streak

Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry. Credit: PA

The Golden State Warriors' shot at history is over as their 54-game winning run at home was ended by the Boston Celtics.

The Warriors were aiming to beat San Antonio Spurs' best-ever start to a home campaign, but they were stunned by a 109-106 loss to the Celtics.

They now need to win five of their last six regulation games to break the NBA record of 72 set by the all-conquering 1995-96 Chicago Bulls side.

Meanwhile, LeBron James moved up the NBA all-time scorers list during the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-108 overtime win against the Atlanta Hawks.

James surpassed Oscar Robertson's tally to move up to 11th in the list with 26,711 points after scoring 29 in the victory over the Hawks.

Curry makes NBA three-pointer history

Steph Curry Credit: Reuters

Steph Curry became the first player in NBA history to make 300 three-pointers in a season as his 41 points led the Golden State Warriors to a 119-113 victory over the Orlando Magic.

Curry also added 13 rebounds and the Warriors beat the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' record of 44 straight home victories as they improved to 26-0 at Oracle Arena during the current campaign.

Klay Thompson added 27 points for the Warriors, with Aaron Gordon leading the Magic with 20 points and 16 rebounds.

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Indian player makes history in NBA

Sim Bhullar has made history. Credit: PA

Sim Bhullar made NBA history on Tuesday night, becoming the first player of Indian descent to play top-level basketball in the United States.

Bhullar, 22, featured for the Sacramento Kings, coming on court for the final 16 seconds of their victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Standing at 7'5'' Canada-born player admitted it was a proud moment, having signed a short contract with the Kings last week.

It's a great feeling for me just to have that role in the community and to be recognised around the world is a great feeling. I am proud to be kind of an ambassador but I think this is just the beginning.

Hopefully more kids growing up will see there's a player of Indian descent on the court and hopefully they can follow the game more and get a little more passion for it

– Sim Bhullar

UK Sport to focus funding on medal success

Medal success will remain the key factor in how Olympic and Paralympic sports are funded ahead of Tokyo 2020, despite criticism the policy excludes team sports.

The news will come as a disappointment to team sports like basketball. Credit: PA

UK Sport, which annually invests £100m of National Lottery and Government money into high-performance sports, will examine factors such as number of medallists and participation levels, but only around disciplines of "equal medal potential".

Sticking to the 'no-compromise' approach will come as a disappointment to team sports like basketball, synchronised swimming and water polo, all of whom saw their funding cut ahead of Rio 2016.

UK Sport chair Rod Carr said:

The board was impressed by the level and quality of engagement with UK Sport's strategic review from both the public and our sector partners.

It demonstrated that UK Sport's role in delivering medal success is valued highly by our stakeholders and the British public, and that they'd like to see our investment reach even more aspiring athletes.

– UK Sport chair Rod Carr
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