TDIKH: December 5
Dec. 5, 2012
34 years, 104 days
Kobe Bryant has spent his entire career putting himself in elite company and this night was no different.
Bryant ignited for 29 points in a 103-87 win in New Orleans, while also reaching the 30,000-point mark.
Prior to this night, the club’s only members had been Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain.
“It's pretty awesome," Bryant told reporters after the game. "These are players I respect tremendously and obviously grew up idolizing and watching and learned a great deal from.”
New Orleans’ Ryan Anderson actually topped Bryant’s output with 31 points of his own, but the L.A. all-star pieced together a complete game with six rebounds, four assists and three steals, while also hitting 10-of-17 from the field and 8-of-9 at the foul line.
Bryant scored 17 of his points in the first half to keep the Lakers afloat, as they trailed by one after two quarters. From there, the Lakers took over by opening the third quarter with 13 unanswered points and never looking back.
L.A. increased the final margin to 16 points, thanks in part to significant advantages in steals (11-2) and 3-pointers (13-7).
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