Bryant youngest to join NBA elites

2012-12-07 02:25:27 GMT2012-12-07 10:25:27(Beijing Time)  Shanghai Daily

KOBE Bryant has become the youngest player in NBA history to eclipse 30,000 career points and only the fifth overall to hit that mark.

Bryant entered the elite scoring club during the first half of the Los Angeles Lakers 103-87 win over the New Orleans Hornets. He arrived in New Orleans 13 points short, and scored his 13th and 14th points on a short jumper with 1:16 to go in the first half.

Because the basket came in the flow of play, there was hardly any reaction on the court as Bryant and his teammates ran back on defense.

Bryant is 34. Wilt Chamberlain was 35 when he hit the mark, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone were each 36 and Michael Jordan was 38.

The San Antonio Spurs reclaimed a share of the NBA's second-best record with a 110-99 win over the Milwaukee Bucks, due mostly to a season-high 53 rebounds.

Tony Parker and Gary Neal each scored 22 points for the Spurs, who joined Oklahoma City on a 15-4 record, trailing on winning percentage behind the Memphis Grizzlies on 13-3.

The best record in the Eastern Conference belongs to the New York Knicks, who moved to 13-4 with a buzzer-beating winner at the Charlotte Bobcats, winning 100-98. Carmelo Anthony scored 20 of his 23 points in the first half for New York while Kemba Walker scored 25 points for the Bobcats.

The most authoritative performance of the day was the Los Angeles Clippers 112-90 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

The Clippers shot 50 percent and dominated throughout, keeping Dallas owner Mark Cuban glued to his seat with his head in his hand.

The Atlanta Hawks had a 108-104 win over the Denver Nuggets and crept within 1-1/2 games of Southeast Division leader Miami.

The Indiana Pacers put together a 31-14 third quarter to draw clear of the Portland Trail Blazers and go on to notch a 99-92 win.

The Boston Celtics extended their dominance of the Minnesota Timberwolves with a 104-94 win. The Golden State Warriors topped the Detroit Pistons 104-97.


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