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Kobe Bryant's record-setting career comes to a close

Kobe Bryant will play his final career game Wednesday. Noah Graham/Getty Images

For one of the most prolific players over the past 20 years, the road ends here.

Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant will play his final game Wednesday when the Los Angeles Lakers host the Utah Jazz (ESPN2, 10:30 p.m. ET).

The two-time Finals MVP is third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, trailing only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone.

He’s third in postseason scoring too, trailing Michael Jordan and Abdul-Jabbar.

He was an All-Star 18 times, the second most in history behind Abdul-Jabbar, and was named first-team All-NBA 11 times, tied for the most in history.

And his longevity makes positional history -- he's the first guard to play 20 seasons.

Bryant leaves a vast legacy with the Lakers. He has played all 20 of his seasons with them, the most seasons any player has played with one team in NBA history.

He departs Los Angeles as the franchise's all-time leader in points, 3-pointers, steals and games played. He's second in assists behind Magic Johnson.

One of his most memorable performances was his 81-point game on Jan. 22, 2006, against the Raptors. He shot 61 percent from the field, scoring 1.93 points per minute over 42 minutes of play. It’s the second-highest scoring output in a single game in NBA history, trailing only the 100 points Wilt Chamberlain scored in March 1962. No other player has ever reached 80 in a game -- third on the list is Chamberlain with 78 in December 1961.

But it might not even have been Bryant’s best game. On Dec. 21, 2005, he scored 62 points in three quarters against the Mavericks, who as a team had 61 points through three quarters. In that game, Bryant shot 58 percent, notching 1.91 points per minute over just 33 minutes of play.

Regardless of which was better, the two games are part of a theme for Bryant: high-scoring games. He had 24 career 50-point games. Only Chamberlain (118) and Jordan (31) had more 50-point games.

Will Bryant replicate his high-scoring history in his final game?

The Jazz could pose an obstacle. He has struggled mightily against Utah this season, going a combined 3-of-19 from the field in two games, including 0-of-7 from 3. The Lakers lost the first game by 27 points and the second by 48.

History isn’t quite in his favor, either. Of the other four top-five scorers in league history, the only one to break 20 points in his final game was Chamberlain, who scored 23 in a loss to the Knicks.