March 30, 2013
34 years, 210 days
Ironically enough, one of Kobe Bryant’s worst shooting performances of the season provided the backdrop for one of his greatest career accomplishments.
The 34-year-old passed Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) for fourth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, while helping the Lakers to a 103-98 win in Sacramento.
“What a journey,” Bryant told the media. “It’s been a very, very long journey. I’m certainly extremely appreciative of all the support of the Laker faithful.”
Bothered by a sore foot, Bryant shot just 5-of-18 from the field. However, he did reach 19 points by going 9-of-11 on free throws, while pitching out a season-high 14 assists and missing a triple-double by just one rebound.
Bryant played all but 23 seconds, but was held scoreless in the first, as Los Angeles dropped to a 37-25 deficit.
The Lakers eventually worked their way back and, led by Bryant, closed the third quarter on a 14-1 run to take a seven-point lead into the final frame.
When Sacramento brought this lead back down to 100-98 with a minute left, Bryant closed the door by going 3-of-4 at the foul line, while the Kings couldn’t add another point.
Bryant helped the Lakers hold themselves to a season-low seven turnovers.
He was aided by huge nights from his big men, as Dwight Howard racked up 24 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks, while Pau Gasol added 12 points and 10 assists.
Kobe performances on this day in history: