Kobe Bryant gives Klay Thompson a signed game-worn jersey

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The Los Angeles Lakers produced their best performance of the season on Sunday night to inflict a surprise defeat on the Golden State Warriors and leave Dub Nation's chances of eclipsing the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls in the balance. 

On a night where Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for a miserly one of 18 from behind the arc, Kobe played a huge role in helping the young Lakers to a historic victory with his antics on the touchline. 

It was a night to forget for the Warriors as they fell to one of the most shocking defeats in league history, but it was also an occasion some will never forget as they faced a Bryant-led Lakers for the final time. 

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past six months, you will know Kobe has been embarking on a memorable farewell tour. The latest leg of the emotional goodbye saw him face off against Steph, Klay and Co. for the final time. 

Klay has been around Kobe since his high school days and grew up idolising the Black Mamba during his prime, due to his father's role as color commentator for the Lakers in the early '00s. 

Mamba has seen the shooting guard develop from a teenage hopeful into one of the deadliest two guards in the NBA and, following the surprise win for the Lakers, had a parting gift for the current three-point contest champion.

As seen in a video on the official Lakers Nation YouTube account, Kobe gave Thompson a signed game-worn jersey with the message: "To Klay, it’s been a pleasure watching you grow into the player you are! Keep going!"

This not the first time the Warriors guard has asked the five-time Champion to sign his attire. Following All-Star weekend, Bryant signed Thompson's jersey and sneakers.

The 20-year veteran has made a habit out of giving gifts to players on his tour. He gave Draymond Green a pair of sneakers after his final appearance at the Oracle Arena. During the Lakers' last showing against the Indiana Pacers, the 37-year-old had the same gift for Paul George.

The final year of Kobe's glittering career has allowed fans to see the legend in a different light. While he has been handing out gifts to players around the league, the greatest present he can leave the Lakers is his knowledge.

Byron Scott has a young roster on his hands but the likes of Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell showed their amazing potential against the defending champions. 

Bryant only has a few months left to pass on his knowledge to young guns in L.A., but it could be invaluable in their attempts to move on from his 20-year spell at the Staples Center. 

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