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‘You can’t script it any better’: Lauren Jackson delivers one last time in her Opals farewell

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After making her Opals’ debut 25 years ago as a 16-year-old, Lauren Jackson gave fans around the world a final reminder of her greatness in a four-and-a-half-minute stretch that will go down in Australian sporting folklore.

Heading into the bronze medal game against Canada at the FIBA Women’s World Cup in Sydney, almost everyone in the stadium and at home knew it was going to be Jackson’s final game in the green and gold, but no-one could have expected what was to come.

Having already accomplished everything there was to achieve in basketball and retired — due to debilitating knee injuries — as unquestionably Australia’s greatest player in history back in 2016, Jackson decided 11 months ago that she was ready to get back to playing the game she loved.

All the hard work that followed that decision came to the fore when the Opals needed her most.

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Having put the Opals on her back and led them to victory on countless occasions throughout her Hall-of-Fame career, Jackson wound back the clock halfway through the third quarter on Saturday to take over the game with four glorious jump shots in a row that blew the contest to pieces.

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