NBA -- Kobe surpasses 30,000 milestone, Lakers win
By Ryan Medida
Thu, 06 Dec 2012
SAN FRANCISCO --- Kobe Bryant added another feather in his already accomplished cap, becoming the fifth player in the history of the NBA to score 30,000 points.
The 34-year old Bryant, a 16-year NBA campaigner, needed only 13 points to reach the rare mark. But he drilled 29 points anyway as the Los Angeles Lakers dumped the New Orleans Hornets - 103-87 -- Wednesday night at the New Orleans Arena.
Bryant also had six rebounds and four assists against a lone turnover. He swished 10-of-17 shots, including 1-for-4 above the 3-point arc. He was nearly flawless at the free throw stripe, 8-for-9.
Tendinitis in the knees prevented center-forward Pau Gasol from suiting up, but veteran Antawn Jamison filled in nicely, finishing with 15 points and four rebounds. Dwight Howard chipped in18 points and eight rebounds for L.A. while teammate Ron Artest accounted for 11 markers and nine rebounds.
The win was a nice bounce back for Los Angeles which fell to the Houston Rockets, 107-105, the night before. The Lakers climbed to a 9-10 record, third place in the Pacific Divison paced by the 11-6 Los Angeles Clippers.
With a career total of 30,016 points, Bryant is only eclipsed by four other players who have scored more in the NBA, reports the Los Angeles Times --- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387), Karl Malone (36,928), Michael Jordan (32,292) and Wilt Chamberlain (31,419).
Trailing 48-47 at halftime, the Lakers outscored the Hornets 30-16 in the third quarter to gain the upperhand. The Lakers sank 37 of 80 field goals and 13 of 28 triples. They led 92-72 at the 7:26 mark of the final period and were never threatened.
Ryan Anderson led all scorers with 31 for the Magic, who converted only 41.2 percent of their field goals and 36.8 percent of their threes. (Ryan Medida).
Click here to view a list of other articles written by Ryan Medida.
Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:
|SONSONA TO FACE VELEZ IN WBC NABF MANDATORY|
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Fri, 22 Aug 2014MAYWEATHER PROMOTIONS CONFIRMED FOR INAUGURAL BOX FAN EXPO TO TAKE PLACE SEPT. 13 IN LAS VEGAS
By , Fri, 22 Aug 2014Fight Network Presents Cage Warriors 71 LIVE this Friday, Aug. 22 at 1 p.m. ET
By , Fri, 22 Aug 2014Pael and Yonahua Ready to Rumble in Kobe, Japan
By Carlos Costa, Thu, 21 Aug 2014Blatche can play in Asian Games
By Eddie Alinea, Thu, 21 Aug 2014GILAS UNDER 18 TEAM SUCCUMBS TO OUTSIDE SHOOTING OF SOUTH KOREA
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Thu, 21 Aug 2014‘BOOM BOOM’ BAUTISTA FACES TOUGHEST OPPONENT IN ‘DUEL IN DUBAI’
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Thu, 21 Aug 2014PHILIPPINE SUPREME COURT ISSUES TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER IN PACQUIAO TAX CASE
By , Thu, 21 Aug 2014FULL CARD ANNOUNCED FOR GOLDEN BOY LIVE! CARD IN FAIRFIELD, CALIF. ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 22
By , Thu, 21 Aug 2014PACQUIAO GRATEFUL TO SUPREME COURT WHOSE ACTION ALLOWS HIM TO CONCENTRATE ON TRAINING FOR ALGIERI FIGHT
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Thu, 21 Aug 2014CUADRAS VOWS TO RETAIN TITLE AGAINST SONNY BOY JARO
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Thu, 21 Aug 2014HEAVYWEIGHTS LUIS ORTIZ AND LATEEF KAYODE MEET AT THE JOINT AT HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
By , Thu, 21 Aug 2014GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS, FOX SPORTS 1 AND FOX DEPORTES CELEBRATE THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE GOLDEN BOY LIVE! SERIES
By , Thu, 21 Aug 2014CASTRO WILL PLAY THROUGH PAIN, LEE PRACTICES
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Thu, 21 Aug 2014WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris Algieri challenges Manny Pacquiao... to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
By , Thu, 21 Aug 2014Can Gilas Pilipinas really go to war?
By Recah Trinidad, Thu, 21 Aug 2014PACQUIAO & ALGIERI 27,000-MILE MEDIA TOUR STARTS MONDAY!
By , Thu, 21 Aug 2014REYES SPENDS SLEEPLESS NIGHTS AS INJURIES TO CASTRO, PAUL LEE CAUSE CONCERN
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Thu, 21 Aug 2014GILAS UNDER 18 TEAM ROUTS JORDAN BY 25 POINTS, GIVES FILIPINOS SOMETHING TO CHEER ABOUT
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Thu, 21 Aug 2014NBA -- Bulls hope veteran Aaron Brooks can make a difference
By Kevin Gonzalez, Thu, 21 Aug 2014Donaire takes the #IceBucketChallenge plunge
By Rich Mazon , Wed, 20 Aug 2014Tello Arrives in Shanghai For Petalcorin WBA Battle
By Carlos Costa, Wed, 20 Aug 2014NBA -- Brandon Knight runs free camp in Milwaukee
By Nick Osen, Wed, 20 Aug 2014PETALCORIN READY FOR HIS WBA LIGHT FLYWEIGHT INTERIM TITLE
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Wed, 20 Aug 2014