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TDIKH: March 5

March 5, 2003

24 years, 194 days

Like so many times before, Kobe Bryant provided fireworks and then Robert Horry closed out with a clutch shot.

Tied at 95 with Indiana, “Big Shot Rob” drained a 20-foot buzzer-beater to lift the Lakers, while Bryant pitched in 20 points to become the youngest player to score 10,000 in his career.

“I really can’t grasp what it means right now,” Bryant told reporters. “I had no idea the crowd was going to stand up the way they did. It was a little embarrassing, but it was a good feeling.”

Despite playing on a sore knee, Bryant also made it a double-double with 10 rebounds. His teammate, Shaquille O’Neal piled up 26 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks, while bestowing praise on Bryant.

“It’s an accomplishment, especially for a guy that came out of high school right away,” O’Neal said. “He’s going to be a Hall of Fame player. I’m just glad he’s on my team.”

Bryant hit back-to-back shots in the fourth quarter to give the Lakers a 91-84 lead, but Indiana responded by scoring 11 unanswered points.

From there, Los Angeles turned to Derek Fisher, who hit layups on consecutive possessions before Horry finished things off.

Bryant saw his streak of 16 games with 30-plus points come to an end, but was satisfied with the victory over the Pacers, led by Jermaine O’Neal (28 points, 11 rebounds) and future Laker Ron Artest (17 points, 11 rebounds).

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