Bryant eclipses 30,000 career points as Lakers top HornetsDec 6, 2012 - 4:15 AM New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Kobe Bryant became the fifth player in NBA history to eclipse 30,000 career points, as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the New Orleans Hornets, 103-87, on Wednesday.
Bryant entered the elite scoring club with 1:16 left in the second quarter, when he made a floating jumper in the paint for his 13th and 14th points of the game.
Bryant (34 years, 104 days) became the youngest player in NBA history to reach the milestone. He had 29 points and six rebounds on Wednesday.
Dwight Howard added 18 points, eight boards and five blocks for the Lakers, who snapped a two-game skid. Antawn Jamison and Metta World Peace donated 15 and 11 points, respectively.
World Peace became the sixth player in NBA history to record 12,000 points, 4,000 rebounds, 1,000 3-pointers and 1,500 steals in a career. Only Reggie Miller, Bryant, Gary Payton, Jason Kidd and Paul Pierce have gotten to those marks in their careers.
Ryan Anderson made five 3-pointers en route to 31 points for the Hornets, who have lost eight in a row against the Lakers. Greivis Vasquez and Robin Lopez had 16 and 15 points, respectively.
New Orleans led by seven late in the first quarter, but Bryant scored the final four points of the frame to cut the gap to 23-20.
The Hornets used a 7-0 spurt late in the second stanza to take a 44-36 lead with 2:35 to go.
Trailing by five, 45-40, Bryant made a floating jumper in the lane to surpass 30,000 career points. Bryant added three free throws before the half was over, getting Los Angeles within one, 48-47.
"I know in the first half they had 10 offensive rebounds and the night before we gave up 21," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said. "It was killing us in the first half, so we talked about it at half, and played much better in the second half."
The Lakers scored the first 13 points of the second half to gain control. Howard and Bryant tallied five points apiece during the surge to give the visitors a 60-48 lead with 7:53 left in the third.
Los Angeles outscored New Orleans by a 30-16 margin in the third period to take a 77-64 edge into the fourth.
"The starters came out in the third quarter and they were a little more determined," Hornets guard Roger Mason Jr. said. "We didn't have the juice or energy like they did. They turned their games up and broke open the game."
The Hornets never got closer than 11 in the final frame.
The Lakers have won five straight at New Orleans ... Los Angeles went 13-of-28 from beyond the arc ... Lakers forward Pau Gasol missed his second straight game due to knee tendinitis.
- LOS ANGELES: 103
NEW ORLEANS: 87
Dec 5 10:13 PM
- LOS ANGELES: 77
NEW ORLEANS: 64
End of 3rd
Dec 5 9:45 PM
- LOS ANGELES: 47
NEW ORLEANS: 48
Dec 5 9:03 PM
- LOS ANGELES: 20
NEW ORLEANS: 23
End of 1st
Dec 5 8:31 PM
- LOS ANGELES: 0
NEW ORLEANS: 0
1st Quarter - 11:44
Dec 5 8:13 PM
- NBA's 6-city tour lets US catch up in 3-on-3 basketball May 21
- Entering Hollywood, Kobe Bryant gets advice from Spielberg May 20
- Cavs 9-0 in these playoffs, and joining rarefied NBA air May 18
- 76ers win NBA draft lottery, Lakers stay at No. 2, keep pick May 17
- After lots of losing, 76ers hope to win big in NBA lottery May 17
- Jim McMillian, forward on '72 Lakers title team, dead at 68 May 16
- Clarification: Stars fuel hope for mid-major prospects May 13
- LeBron says Curry deserves MVP, debates meaning of award May 11
- Stephen Curry is first unanimous NBA MVP, takes honor again May 10
- Hornets PG Kemba Walker has another surgery on left knee May 9
- Kobe Bryant's animated short gets assist from John Williams May 5
- Former Lakers coach Byron Scott 'shocked' over firing May 5