New Orleans, Louisiana (Sporting Alert) – The Los Angeles Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant, at age 34, on Wednesday night, became the youngest player in NBA history to score 30,000 points.
Bryant reached the mark with 1:17 left in the first half in tonight’s game against the New Orleans Hornets, after scoring over center Robin Lopez to score his 30,000th and 30,001st points of his 17-year career.
The superstar now joins a list of notable Hall of Famers, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387), Karl Malone (36,928), Michael Jordan (32,292) and Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) as one of five players to achieve that illustrious milestone.
Bryant went on to finish with 29 points in leading the Lakers (9-10) to a comfortable 103-87 victory over the Hornets at New Orleans Arena – bouncing back from back-to-back defeats suffered at the hands of the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets.
Dwight Howard had 18 points and eight rebounds, Antawn Jamison, 15 points and Metta World Peace, 11 points and nine boards also reached double figures in the win.
Meanwhile, Ryan Anderson hit 4-of-7 from three point range to score a team high 28 points for New Orleans, who are 5-12 on the season.
Greivis Vasquez collected 16 points and eight assists, while Lopez scored 15 points in the defeat.