On the Lakers’ 9th win of the season, Kobe Bryant surpassed 30,000 points in his career.
Hoopsvibe’s quick call: Kobe hitting 30,000 is an amazing milestone, but I bet the entire organization is just happy to get a win.
We all know there hasn’t been much for Lakers fans to celebrate lately. They have been teetering on the edge of a .500 record all season, trying to find their way as a team with new players, a new coach, and a new system. Before tonight’s win against New Orleans, they had lost their last two games.
But the purple and gold snapped their two-game skid Wednesday, as the Lakers improved to 9-10 with a 103-87 win over the New Orleans Hornets (or soon to be New Orleans Pelicans?).
Kobe Bryant was the story of the night, as he became the youngest player in NBA history, at 34 years and 104 days old, to score over 30,000 points in a career. In doing so, he became only the fifth player in history to reach that mark, joining the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387), Karl Malone (36,928), Michael Jordan (32,292) and Wilt Chamberlain (31,419).
“It’s a huge honor, to say the least,” Bryant said earlier this week. “Whenever you hear those kinds of names, you think about the amount of players that have played this game, and then to be in that kind of company, it’s always extremely, extremely special.”
Bryant has always been an offensive weapon, but he admits that points were never on his mind.
“When I was a kid, the only thing I looked at was the ring count because that was the thing that was most important,” Bryant said. I knew how many Magic (Johnson) had, I knew how many Larry (Bird) had, I knew how many Doc (Julius Erving) had. Those are the things I looked at the most — teams that won, teams that were successful. I never really knew this person had this many thousand points,” Bryant added.
Bryant hit 30,000 points in the first half of tonight’s game. Kobe is in his 17th season in the league, but by no means is his work on the hardwood complete. He finished the game with 29 points and he’s averaging 27.9 ppg this season, which currently leads the NBA. At 34 years of age, that’s pretty incredible; especially when you consider the fact that fellow superstar Lebron James is 27 and reigning NBA scoring champ, Kevin Durant, is 24.
But for the rest of the Lakers organization, it was just great to get a win. Dwight Howard finished the game with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks, while Metta World Peace was one rebound shy of recording his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 9 rebounds.
Antawn Jamison had 15 points while Chris Duhon dished out 10 assists to further help the LA, who continue to play without Steve Nash and Pau Gasol.
Ryan Anderson led the Hornets with 31 points.
While the Lakers may rest a little easier tonight, tomorrow is a new day; and LA will have two things to focus on: their matchup against Kevin Durant and the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Friday…
And the 63 games that lie ahead.
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