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Spike Lee shares Kobe Bryant-signed box score from 61-point MSG game on IG

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Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant had a lot of epic performances against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in front of Spike Lee, but none were more special than his 61-point game back in 2009.

Lee took to Instagram Monday morning to share a picture of the box score from that game, which Bryant signed for him:

The Kobe tributes continue to pour in as the NBA world mourns the loss of one of the greatest basketball players of all time. More importantly, Bryant was also a great father as well as an inspiration to countless people around the world.

In 1,346 career games for the Lakers, Bryant cemented himself as arguably the greatest Laker ever. He finished with career averages of 25.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard was an 18-time All-Star, two-time scoring champion, 15-time All-NBA team member, two-time Finals MVP and five-time champion with the Purple and Gold.

Bryant is the fourth-leading scoring in NBA history. Some pundits point to his occasionally inefficient shooting numbers as to why Kobe is not higher on their all-time lists. At the end of the day, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but players who played against Bryant know exactly what Kobe brought to the table every night. This is evident from the outpouring of emotion in the wake of Bryant’s death.

The Lakers retired Kobe Bryant’s No. 8 and 24 jerseys. He will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer in 2020 and will always hold a special place in the hearts of Lakers fans.