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LA Lakers vs. New Orleans Hornets: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights

Grant HughesNational NBA Featured ColumnistDecember 5, 2012

Kobe Bryant became the youngest player in NBA history to top 30,000 career points when he dropped in a floater in the lane in the second quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers' 103-87 win over the New Orleans Hornets.

The celebration didn't stop at Kobe's milestone, either. The rest of the Lakers pulled things together after a lackluster first half, blowing out the Hornets by 16 points on the strength of Bryant's 29 points.

Dwight Howard chipped in during the second half as well, finishing with 18 points, eight rebounds and five blocks. He even made a pair of free throws when the Hornets went to the Hack-a-Dwight strategy, putting an end to the tactic for the night.

For the Hornets, Ryan Anderson poured in 31 points. But the rest of New Orleans' roster couldn't provide enough help to keep this one close. Without Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon, the Hornets will continue to have issues scoring the ball.

The Lakers moved to 9-10 ahead of their Dec. 7 date with the Oklahoma City Thunder, while the Hornets dipped to 5-12.

Final Score: Lakers 103, Hornets 87

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