Skip to content
Sports
Link copied to clipboard

Kobe Bryant good for 30,000 points

KOBE BRYANT scored 29 points, making him the fifth player in NBA history to score 30,000, and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped a two-game skid with a 103-87 victory over the Hornets in New Orleans on Wednesday night.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) shoots over New Orleans
Hornets center Robin Lopez (15) in the first half of an NBA basketball
game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. With the basket, Bryant
became the youngest player in NBA history to break 30,000 points. (AP
Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) shoots over New Orleans Hornets center Robin Lopez (15) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. With the basket, Bryant became the youngest player in NBA history to break 30,000 points. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)Read more

KOBE BRYANT scored 29 points, making him the fifth player in NBA history to score 30,000, and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped a two-game skid with a 103-87 victory over the Hornets in New Orleans on Wednesday night.

Bryant entered the game needing only 13 points to eclipse the scoring milestone and did so with a short jumper late in the first half that was perhaps the least spectacular of his baskets, which included the usual array of soaring dunks, demoralizing transition three-pointers and turnaround, off-balance jumpers.

Dwight Howard added 18 points for the Lakers, who trailed by a point at halftime but seized control with a 13-0 run to open the third quarter, and the lead grew as large as 20.

The Hornets' Ryan Anderson scored 31, hitting five of eight three-pointers. Greivis Vasquez added 16 points.

In other games * 

At Charlotte, J.R. Smith hit a fallaway jumper from the left wing as time expired to give the New York Knicks a 100-98 victory over the Bobcats. Carmelo Anthony scored 20 of his 23 points in the first half, but wasn't on the floor for the final 2:10 after injuring his left hand diving into the team's bench for a loose ball.

* At Indianapolis, Paul George scored 22 points to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Portland Trail Blazers, 99-92. George Hill added 18 points and David West had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who have won four of five.

* At Boston, Kevin Garnett scored 18 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and remained unbeaten against his former team as the Celtics beat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 104-94, in Rajon Rondo's return from a two-game suspension.

* At Auburn Hills, Mich., Klay Thompson scored 19 of his 27 points in the third quarter, and the Golden State Warriors pulled away to beat the Detroit Pistons, 104-97. The Warriors, starting a seven-game road trip against the Eastern Conference, snapped Detroit's five-game winning streak at home.

* At Atlanta, Al Horford had 25 points and 12 boards while Josh Smith added 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Hawks, who held off the Denver Nuggets, 108-104.

* At Cleveland, Marco Belinelli scored 23 points and Joakim Noah had 13 points and 15 rebounds as the Chicago Bulls topped the Cavaliers, 95-85. Belinelli was starting his second straight game in place of injured guard Richard Hamilton. The Cavaliers have lost 13 of 15 and are 2-7 since point guard Kyrie Irving broke his left index finger last month.

* At San Antonio, Tony Parker and Gary Neal each scored 22 points, and the Spurs had a season-high 53 rebounds in a 110-99 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Tim Duncan added 17 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio (15-4). Tiago Splitter had 15 points, Manu Ginobili scored 11 and Matt Bonner had a season-high 12 rebounds.

* At Salt Lake City, Al Jefferson scored a season-high 31 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the Utah Jazz to an 87-81 victory over the Orlando Magic.

Jefferson got hurt while corralling his final rebound. He went down clutching his back with 1:29 left and had to be helped off the court in obvious pain. Team officials said he had back spasms.

Noteworthy * 

Brooklyn Nets forward Gerald Wallace has been fined $5,000 by the NBA for flopping, joining teammate Reggie Evans as the only repeat offenders under the league's new penalty system. The league also gave Clippers veteran Chauncey Billups a warning Wednesday for falling backward after launching a jumper against Utah with little or no contact.

Wallace was defending a driving LeBron James on Saturday in Miami when he went tumbling backward after James put his right hand on Wallace's body while dribbling with his left.