Five best reactions to Kobe's 60 point game - including Shaq's perfect response

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Heading into the final game of his NBA career, not even the most die-hard Kobe Bryant fans could have anticipated the Black Mamba dropping 60 points against the Utah Jazz in one final performance for the ages.

Fans, players and former teammates were already queuing up to pay their respects to the future Hall of Famer before his high-scoring night, so you can imagine their collective reaction on seeing Kobe roll back the clock one last time.

From Shaq's x-rated response to one NBA team gathering to watch in awe of the legend, here are five of the best...

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1) The 'Mother******'

Back in March, Shaquille O'Neal challenged his former teammate to drop 50 points in the final game of his NBA career. Bryant laughed off the suggestion at the time, only to go 10 better last night.

Shaq's response?

2) Phoenix Suns

While the majority of eyes were on events in Los Angeles last night, there were other games going on across the league as the NBA's regular season came to a close.

Fortunately for the Phoenix Suns, their home game against the Clippers finished in time for the squad to gather around a TV to watch Kobe's swansong. Their reaction was caught on camera.

3) Collective awe in Cleveland

The Cleveland Cavaliers may have had a polar opposite season to the Los Angeles Lakers - the Cavs finishing top in the East, the Lakers bottom of the West - but their 'Big Three' know when they see a high-class performance.

All three of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love took to Twitter to gush about the show Bryant put on against the Jazz.

4) Signing off in style

After every NBA game, a printed out box score is made available to the press and players who wish to have one. Usually, they are quickly dispensed with once the relevant information has been taken in.

Last night's stats sheet was a little different though. With Kobe's 60 points made official, Bryant's Lakers teammate Nick Young made sure he added some value to what is a pretty cool memento.

5) His own words

While the watching world was reacting with collective amazement at seeing vintage Kobe on display one last time, there was only one man who knew how it felt to score 60 points in his final NBA appearance; Bryant himself.

This is what he had to say on racking up the fifth-most points he has ever managed in a single game:

"Honestly, I can’t believe this actually happened, to be honest with you. This is kind of crazy to me, the last game at home.

"It’s hard for me to believe that it happened this way, it really is. I'm still in shock about it. Just the outpour of support all night long, from former teammates, fans, and family. It was just unbelievable. I’m still in shock about it.

"Now I’ll allow myself to go back and read a lot of the things and watch some of the commentary and videos, just kind of take it all in, you know?"

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