Wednesday night game roundup: Kobe Bryant signs off in style

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Kobe Bryant's final game for the L.A. Lakers could not have gone much better as he dropped 60 points to see off the Utah Jazz.

Bryant helped the Lakers to just their 17th win of the season as he shot 22-50 from the field. Jordan Clarkson was the only other player in double figures.

For the Jazz, who had missed out on the chance to reach the playoffs due to Houston's earlier win, Trey Lyles led the way with 18. Gordon Hayward also had 17.

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The Golden State Warriors recorded the best regular season finish in history as they moved to 73-9 after beating the Memphis Grizzlies.

Stephen Curry moved past 400 threes for the season as he hit 10 shots from deep on the way to his 46. 

Zach Randolph had 24 for the Grizzlies while Lance Stephenson notched 22. JaMychal Green had eight rebounds to go with his 12 points.


The Houston Rockets secured the final spot in the Western Conference playoffs with a routine win over the Sacramento Kings. 

The Rockets were rarely troubled as James Harden shot 13-27 from the field on his way to a game-high 38 points. Patrick Beverley had 12 assists to go with his nine points.

Without DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo, the Kings struggled. Ben McLemore led them with 24 points while his backcourt partner Seth Curry had 10.


The Boston Celtics overcame a 26-point deficit to beat the Miami Heat and finish fifth in the Eastern Conference, setting up a first-round tie with the Atlanta Hawks.

Isaiah Thomas dropped 21 points for the home side with 11 of those coming from the free-throw line. Avery Bradley and Evan Turner had 17 and 16 respectively. 

For the Heat, who scored just five in the third quarter, Joe Johnson and Hassan Whiteside had 19 each. Dwyane Wade had 17 and five assists while Goran Dragic had 18 points. 


The Atlanta Hawks missed the chance to snatch the third seed in the Eastern Conference as they fell to the Washington Wizards, who were without John Wall. 

Ramon Sessions had a game-high 22 points for the Wizards. J.J. Hickson pulled down 12 boards along with dropping six points. Nene also had 19 points for Washington.

It was a very disappointing night for Atlanta, who shot just 39.5 percent from the field as a team. Al Horford was their highest scorer with 19, Jeff Teague had 16.


The Charlotte Hornets will face the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs. A final day win over the Orlando Magic did nothing to change their position.

Al Jefferson shot an impressive 11-15 from the field for his 26 points. Kemba Walker had just two points in his 18 minutes but provided eight assists for his teammates. 

Evan Fournier and Aaron Gordon dropped 22 points each for the Magic as they ended their season with a loss. Nikola Vucevic had 17 points and Elfrid Payton seven assists. 


The Dallas Mavericks' loss to the San Antonio Spurs meant they missed the chance to pass the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Spurs, who rested four starters, were inspired by Boban Marjanovic as he dropped 22 points for the second seed in the west. Jonathon Simmons also had 19.

Raymond Felton had a team-high 22 for the Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki also had 19 points while Zaza Pachulia ended the night with 12 rebounds.


The Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers rested a number of their stars as the visitors won in overtime.

The Pistons were without Tobias Harris, Andre Drummond and Marcus Morris - among others - and were led by 20 points from Jodie Meeks. 

The Cavs rested the likes of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and J.R. Smith. Jordan McRae dropped a stunning 36 points, but it was not enough as the east's best lost their final game.


The Eastern Conference's second seed ended their season with another win, this time without a number of their main players. 

Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan were two of the players rested by Dwane Casey as Norman Powell ended the night with 30. Terrence Ross also had 24.

Bojan Bogdanovic had 29 for the Nets. Sean Kilpatrick, Henry Sims and Donald Sloan were the only other players to reach double figures. 


The Phoenix Suns won just their 23rd game of the season against an under strengthed L.A. Clippers side.

Mirza Teletovic was the game winner for the Suns as he ended the night with 22 points off 8-19 from the field. Devin Booker also had 12. 

Without Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, C.J. Wilcox and Wesley Johnson finished with 19 each for the L.A-based franchise.


The Portland Trail Blazers ended their incredible season by beating the Denver Nuggets to take their record to 44-38.

Damian Lillard was the top scorer for the home side as he finished the night with 21 points. C.J. McCollum had 17. Both players had five assists. 

Emmanuel Mudiay's game-high 25 points was not enough for the Nuggets. Nikola Jokic also had 18.


The Indiana Pacers won their 45th game of the season as they overcame the Milwaukee Bucks.

Solomon Hill was the top scorer for the Pacers on a night where Paul George, Monta Ellis and others were rested. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo continued his good end to the season with 19 points off 7-14 from the field. Jabari Parker had 17. 


Karl-Anthony Towns had a huge night for the Minnesota Timberwolves as the New Orleans Pelicans used just seven players.

The rookie ended the game with 28 points and 14 rebounds. Shabazz Muhammad also had 28 points for the Timberwolves. Andrew Wiggins had 21.

James Ennis had 28 for the Pelicans, who had nine players out through injury. Tim Frazier had 15 rebounds. 


The Philadelphia 76ers ended the season with a 10-72 record following their latest loss to the Chicago Bulls. 

Nikola Mirotic's 32 points helped the Bulls wipe off an early deficit. Jimmy Butler had a 10 assist, 10 rebound double-double. 

For the Sixers, Robert Covington scored 27 while Hollis Thompson and Jerami Grant had 21 and 20 respectively. 

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