New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Kobe Bryant became the fifth player in NBA
history to eclipse 30,000 career points, as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated
the New Orleans Hornets, 103-87, on Wednesday.
Bryant entered the elite scoring club with 1:16 left in the second quarter,
when he made a floating jumper in the paint for his 13th and 14th points of
Bryant (34 years, 104 days) became the youngest player in NBA history to reach
the milestone. He had 29 points and six rebounds on Wednesday.
Dwight Howard added 18 points, eight boards and five blocks for the Lakers,
who snapped a two-game skid. Antawn Jamison and Metta World Peace donated 15
and 11 points, respectively.
World Peace became the sixth player in NBA history to record 12,000 points,
4,000 rebounds, 1,000 3-pointers and 1,500 steals in a career. Only Reggie
Miller, Bryant, Gary Payton, Jason Kidd and Paul Pierce have gotten to those
marks in their careers.
Ryan Anderson made five 3-pointers en route to 31 points for the Hornets, who
have lost eight in a row against the Lakers. Greivis Vasquez and Robin Lopez
had 16 and 15 points, respectively.
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