The large night arrives: Warriors go for seventy-three, and Kobe departs

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 10:30 PM

Golden State going for seventy-three wins, and Kobe Bryant going into retirement. The one hundred-seventieth and final day of this NBA regular season will be loaded with intrigue, maybe an unprecedented amount.

The large night arrives: Warriors go for seventy-three, and Kobe departs

The huge night has arrived. Golden State going for seventy-three wins, and Kobe Bryant going into retirement.

The one hundred-seventieth and final day of this NBA regular season will be loaded with intrigue, maybe an unprecedented amount. Golden State plays host to Memphis later Wednesday night, and a win would give the Warriors outright possession of the best record in league history.

Golden State takes a 72-9 record into the finale. At worst, the Warriors will match Chicago'south record of 72-10 set in the 1995-96 season.

Meanwhile, Bryant'south final game of his 20-year career with the LA Lakers is also generating an enormous about of attention. Bryant'south finale comes when the Lakers play host to the UT Jazz later Wednesday, and the five-time NBA winner will retire as the league'south No. three all-time scorer behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone.

Hours before tipoff, the Bryant tributes were already pouring in on social media.

"Man I'm still in disbelief that this Kobe latest game," longtime NBA guard Mario Chalmers wrote on Twitter early Wednesday. "It always seem love the greats should play forever. I wanna thank Kobe for everything he did for the game and the players after him. One of the greatest ever to do it."

Tickets for either game were still commanding enormous prices through secondary outlets Wednesday, with excellent seats at Oracle Arena or Staples Middle easily exceeding $1.000 — much more in many cases.

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