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NBA: Curry, Warriors spoil Kobe's farewell in Oakland, 116-98

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Before he walked through the tunnel and out of Oracle Arena for the final time, Kobe Bryant stopped for a quick chat with Stephen Curry. Curry congratulated Bryant, who offered his own kind words.

Curry scored 26 points, with his first eight baskets coming on 3-pointers, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Los Angeles Lakers 116-98 Thursday night in what was likely Bryant's last game in Oakland.

Bryant had eight points, six rebounds and three assists in 27 1/2 minutes. It was the Lakers' final regular-season visit to Oracle Arena, and Bryant plans to retire after the season.

Curry put the Warriors ahead 84-70 on a one-handed breakaway dunk off a long pass from Andre Iguodala in the closing seconds of the third quarter for his first score inside the 3-point line. The reigning MVP made eight 3s for the eighth time this season and the 18th time in his career - most in NBA history.

Bryant received many a hug at midcourt from the Warriors prior to the opening tip and again after the final buzzer before walking through the tunnel to roars from the crowd. He started despite a sore right shoulder and a right Achilles tendon strain and made his first shot. He left to a warm ovation with 3:04 to play, saying "thank you" and waving.

Draymond Green had seven points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals for Golden State after missing Wednesday night's loss in Denver for rest.

During pregame introductions, the Warriors showed a tribute to Bryant from Lakers Hall of Famer and Golden State executive Jerry West with a highlight video on the main scoreboard. Fans in the sellout crowd - including retiring Raiders defensive back Charles Woodson, Oakland quarterback Derek Carr and Athletics manager Bob Melvin - chanted "Kobe! Kobe!" before a rousing ovation when his name was called.

Bryant waved, tipped his head and clapped his hands in appreciation.

Playing a back-to-back following their third defeat of the season, the defending NBA champions needed a half to get rolling on the way to their 37th consecutive regular-season home victory and 19th this season dating to a 113-111 overtime loss to Chicago last Jan. 27.

Curry followed up his 38 points against the Nuggets a night earlier by shooting 9 for 18 to go with six rebounds and three assists. Golden State overcame a slow start to win its fourth in a row against Los Angeles and seventh straight in the series at home. It's the Warriors' longest home unbeaten streak in the rivalry since taking seven in a row from 1993-95.

While Bryant has had many special performances against Golden State - such as his first career 50-point game - he was 4 for 15 on Thursday. That's after he went 1 for 14 for four points in a 111-77 loss Nov. 24, when the Warriors set an NBA record as the first team to begin a season 16-0 and then ran that streak to 24-0.

That matched the worst shooting performance of Bryant's career in a game when he had at least one basket.