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Kobe Bryant's incredible farewell game breaks Twitter

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Kobe Bryant has done just about everything you can think of in the world of basketball.

As five-time NBA champion, 18-time All-Star, 2007 MVP and four-time All-Star MVP, the Black Mamba signed off last night against the Utah Jazz at the Staples Center with 60 points.

That's Bryant's fifth-highest scoring game of his 20-year career.

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But now, Kobe can add another accolade to his glowing resume: he broke twitter.

As Bryant's final game played out, 5.2 million tweets were sent out regarding the lifelong Laker. The next most tweeted about subject? StonerSciFi, with 23,000 tweets.

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Twitter Support had to send out a tweet assuring everyone that any problems they may have been experiencing they had now dealt with, but the Lakers official twitter account came to a grinding halt.

The account @LakersDigital took over the task of producing ongoing reports from Kobe's final ever time on the hardwood before the original Lakers account made a humorous comeback in the final stages.

The account was down for a full half an hour because of all the posting and users who weren't even tweeting about Kobe were said to have experienced problems sending out totally unrelated tweets.

Not only was it Kobe's final affair with the Staples Center hardwood and the NBA as a whole, but the way he went out created all the more buzz.

Many might argue that Vino has been on a decline since an Achilles injury in 2013 robbed him of the famous explosive burst that made him so great.

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However, it was a delight for basketball fans everywhere who have been a part of the Kobe Bryant retirement tour, from the arenas to their T.V's at home, to witness one of basketball's greatest contributors go out the right way.

While a 60 point game should come as a surprise to some, it did not surprise Bryant's coach Byron Scott, who was also Kobe's teammate in his rookie season.

"It just didn't surprise me, the way he would go out," said Scott. "Sixty points wasn't a surprise. I knew he had it in him."

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It was one final classic from a sure-fire NBA Hall of Famer, and as Bryant addressed the crowd he jokingly made reference to the years that he was labeled a ball-hog.

"The thing that had me cracking up all night long is, I go through 20 years of everybody screaming to pass the ball," Bryant said with a grin. "And then the last night, they're like, `Don't pass it!"'

Bryant goes out having played his 1,346th regular-season game and having amassed an incredible 33,643 career points. And, as the temporary destructor of Twitter.

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