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TDIKH: February 1

Feb. 1, 2010

31 years, 162 days

By once again putting on an offensive showcase, Kobe Bryant asserted himself as the leading scorer in franchise history.

The reigning NBA Finals MVP poured in 44 points to pass Jerry West (25,192) for the most ever scored by a player in purple and gold.

“It’s a great honor to say the least (because) of the great players that have played here and the tradition we have,” Bryant told the media. “(West) taught me so much when I was 17 years old. He showed me a lot about the game; the jump shot and spin moves and all the others.”

However, despite Bryant shooting 16-of-28 from the field and 8-of-13 at the foul line, the Lakers were unable to pull out a win in Memphis, falling 95-93.

Bryant led all players in scoring for every quarter, including the fourth when he provided a dozen points.

He also hit back-to-back shots in the final minute to bring Los Angeles within two points, but Ron Artest’s game-winning 3-pointer was too long at the buzzer.

Meanwhile, Rudy Gay (25 points) and Zach Randolph (22 points, 17 rebounds) led the Grizzlies, who also enjoyed a 49-39 rebounding advantage.

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