Los Angeles: Chris Paul scored 23 points to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 94-84 victory over Los Angeles Lakers in basketball great Kobe Bryant's final Christmas game.
Kobe Bryant (right) attempts a three-pointer during the NBA match against Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. Pic/AFP
The Staples Center roared when the 37-year-old Bryant took the mic before Friday's game and thanked his fans.
Bryant, who has a record 395 points on Christmas Day, played 26 minutes in his NBA-record 16th Christmas Day game and scored 12 points for the Lakers, reports Xinhua.
"He (Kobe) has been good the last 10 games or so. I'm pretty sure he's happy with how he's playing. He's playing at a different level right now than he was about a month ago," Lakers head coach Byron Scott said.
Clippers took an 85-57 lead into the fourth, and both coaches rested all their starters until the Lakers started to make a move.