With 1:17 left in the second quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers' 103-87 victory over the New Orleans Hornets Wednesday night, Kobe Bryant drove to the middle from the right baseline and hit a floater over Robin Lopez to become the youngest player in league history to score 30,000 points.
New Orleans led most of the first half, but things began to change after Kobe hit the scoring milestone. The Lakers came out energized after the half and really locked down the Hornets on defense.
Antawn Jamison hit a three 42 seconds into the third quarter, and the Lakers would never look back, outscoring the Hornets 56-39 in the second half.
The Lakers were led by Kobe’s 29 points and six rebounds. Metta World Peace led the team in rebounding with nine, while Dwight Howard blocked five shots.
Ryan Anderson was virtually unguardable and had 31 points to go along with nine rebounds for New Orleans. The Lakers defenders were unable to check the hot-shooting forward all night.
Greivis Vasquez tried to help Anderson out by scoring 16 points and dishing nine assists, but the Lakers proved to be too much on the night.