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Lamar Odom attends Dwayne Wade and Kobe Bryant's final game

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The Staples Center was full of nostalgia on Wednesday night as two legends of the NBA faced off against each other for the final time. 

Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade, two guys who have enjoyed some fierce battles over the years and also experienced success together with Team USA, had one last hurrah before the Black Mamba calls time on his career. 

The Lakers ended with bragging rights after an overtime victory on a quiet night for Bryant. The 37-year-old scored two points in his eight minutes of action before donning heavy bandage-covered ice to his left shoulder and knees. 

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But aside from the final showdown between two legends of the game, there was an equally significant moment on the sidelines as Lamar Odom attended his first NBA game since suffering strokes and kidney failure last October. 

Bryant invited his former teammate to the game and left two courtside tickets for the 36-year-old. After the game, Kobe spoke about how pleased he was to see Odom after his near brush with death.

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As per ESPN, he said: "It's a miracle, honestly. In Vegas, he was [on death's doorstep]. To see him walking around now, like nothing happened. It's really a miracle. It's beyond good to see him.

"It was just like old times. We talked before the game, talked after the game and it was great just to talk basketball with him. Talk trash, it was good, it was unbelievable."

It was only Odom's second public appearance since being discharged from hospital and Bryant hopes the experience can aid him in his recovery. 

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"This is home for him. It's been this way for many, many years. It's just the feeling of being home and being loved, because we all love him and that's never going to change. L.A. loves him. We all appreciate the championships that he brought here. Without him, there's no way that we win any of those titles."

Lakers coach Byron Scott also said: "It was great just to see him and talk to him for a brief second after the game before I came in here. It looks like he's doing fantastic. He's a part of the family."

Wade was teammates with Odom during their time together in Miami and took to social media after the loss in the City of Angels.

The forward last played in the NBA in 2013 when he was with the L.A. Clippers. Throughout his 14-year career in the league, he also represented the Heat, Lakers and Dallas Mavericks. 

He won back-to-back rings with the purple and gold in 2009 and 2010 - the two final championships of Bryant's illustrious career - and was named Sixth Man of the Year in 2011. 

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