Kobe Bryant youngest to reach the 30,000-point landmark
Kobe Bryant hit a historic milestone to earn the Los Angeles Lakers a much-needed victory. Bryant poured in 29 points and became only the fifth player in NBA history to reach the 30,000 landmark, helping the visiting Lakers beat the New Orleans Hornets 103-87 on Wednesday night.
“It’s a tremendous honour, I’ve been very, very fortunate,” said the 34-year-old Bryant, who has spent all 17 of his seasons with the Purple and Gold. “It’s been a lot of hard work, year in and year out, but I continue to push,” he added.
Needing 13 points, Bryant accomplished the historic feat by hitting a spinning runner in the lane late in the first half to put him in an elite club of icons and the youngest to do so at the age of 34 years and 104 days. The Black Mamba joined Hall of Famers Wilt Chamberlain (31,419 points), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387), Karl Malone (36,928) and Michael Jordan (32,292), four of whom wore Lakers’ uniforms.
Dwight Howard had 18 points while Antawn Jamison added 15 for the Lakers (9-10), who outscored their hosts 56-39 in the decisive second half for just their second road win of the season against five losses.
New York Knicks won their fifth straight win despite a game-high 25 points by Bobcats’ Kemba Walker. Jamal Crawford scored 20 points, Blake Griffin had 19 with 13 rebounds, while Chris Paul contributed 14 and 13 assists, sending the LA Clippers to their fourth straight win against visiting Mavericks. Boston Celtics beat the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves 104-94 for the 11th straight time.
Tony Parker had 22 points and 10 assists, Gary Neal also netted 22, leading the Spurs to their eighth win in the last nine games after beating the visiting Milwaukee Bucks. Sacramento Kings trimmed the visiting Toronto Raptors 107-100.DPA