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TDIKH: November 18

Nov. 18, 2014 36 years, 87 days

Just one year ago, Bryant put on a show against one of the league’s top teams, dropping 28 points in a 114-109 win in Atlanta.

Bryant pushed L.A. out to a 31-20 first-quarter lead, as the Lakers scored 12 unanswered points, including seven from Kobe himself. Bryant provided 11 points in the first quarter and nine in the fourth to ice a game that had suddenly become close.

Atlanta scored the first 13 points of the second half and eventually shrank L.A.’s lead to three with just four seconds left. But solid defense prevented the Hawks from getting a good look on the potentially game-tying shot.

In his duel against Paul Millsap (29 points, four steals), Bryant shot a healthy 10-of-18 from the field, while cashing in a trio of 3-pointers.

Thanks to this scoring outburst, Bryant joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and Michael Jordan as the only players in the 32,000-point club.

Meantime, Bryant received some help to topple the team that would eventually compile the Eastern Conference’s best record, with double-doubles from Carlos Boozer (20 points, 10 rebounds) and Jordan Hill (18 points, 10 rebounds), plus 17 points from Nick Young in his delayed season debut (thumb surgery).

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