As one of the league’s all-time greats was on the verge of joining some elite company.
Kobe Bryant who at the age of 34 is leading the NBA in scoring needed just 13 points, or about half his nightly scoring haul to become just the fifth player ever to reach 30-thousand points for his career.
And he would become the youngest player ever to reach that plateau.
Commissioner David Stern on hand to see Kobe go for a milestone.
And the Black Mamba was focused early, the steal and the flush, and he is closing in on the mark.In the second half, Bryant gets past his man and goes in for the jam. He is now three points away.
Lakers trailing BTW.Then later in the first half off the wing, he cuts to the hoop and finishes -- that is the milestone bucket.
A typical foray to the hoop for Bryant, as he becomed just the fifth player in NBA history to score 30-thousand points.
Let's not forget that there was a game to play, and the Lakers started taking charge in the second half. The steal leads to an easy flush for Kobe. L.A. up 6.
Then he works the two-man game with Dwight Howard, who finishes. 18 for the Lakers big man, and the purple and gold extend the lead to 10.
The Lake Show would then continue to increase the lead. Kobe finished with 29 as L.A. dumps the New Orleans Hornets 103-87. But the story of the game was Kobe’s milestone.
Now Kobe joins some pretty elite company in the 30-thousand point club -- as all five players are known by just a single name or nickname and are all in the Hall of Fame.
Bryant is the youngest to reach the milestone and has a chance of catching Wilt Chamberlain for fourth by the end of the NBA season.
Michael Jordan is also within striking distance. As for the other two, the Black Mamba would have to play a few more years to catch them.