TDIKH: January 28

Jan. 28, 1997

18 years, 158 days

For the first time in his career, Kobe Bryant joined the Lakers’ starting lineup.

Though the teenager finished with 12 points (5-of-11), three rebounds and two assists, the Lakers nonetheless pulled out a 102-83 win at Dallas.

Led by Shaquille O’Neal, who finished with 31 points and 10 rebounds, the Lakers used a 29-12 third quarter to upend the Mavericks.

The Lakers shot 50.6 percent from the field, while holding Dallas to a 39.2 percent clip despite 26 points from Jamal Washburn.

Bryant also picked up a pair of steals, as Los Angeles won its fourth game in a row.

Kobe performances on this day in history: