Kobe Bryant eclipsed the 30,000-point mark Wednesday night as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the New Orleans Hornets 103-87, making it an all-around happy night in Tinseltown.
Bryant dropped 29 points on 10-of-17 shooting, also grabbing six rebounds and dishing four assists. He played one of his more efficient games, helping his team succeed along with himself throughout the night.
He received big help from Antawn Jamison, Metta World Peace and Dwight Howard, who all contributed 10-plus points, but the real help came from L.A.'s defense. New Orleans doesn't score many points on a good night, but the Lakers were very focused on that end.
Ryan Anderson tried to keep the Hornets in the game with a 31-point, nine-rebound performance, but it wasn't enough. Poor shooting ensured that the Lakers would defeat the Hornets in this one.
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Player of the Game: Kobe Bryant
Who else could it be? Not only did Bryant lead the Lakers in scoring, but he eclipsed a major milestone in his career.
Lakers fans should be happy when Kobe plays like this. It's important that he scores each and every night, but he played focused basketball rather than chucking up shots left and right.
What's Next for the Los Angeles Lakers?
The 9-10 Lakers will travel to face the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday.
What's Next for the New Orleans Hornets?
The 5-12 Hornets will host the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday.