(NEW ORLEANS) — Kobe Bryant became the fifth player in NBA history to join the 30,000 point club, Wednesday night.
Bryant scored his 13,000 and 13,001 points with 1:16 remaining the second half of the Los Angeles Lakers 103-87 win over the New Orleans Hornets.
Bryant becomes the youngest player to score 30,000 points. He does it at 34 years, and 104 days old, surpassing Wilt Chamberlain’s record of 35 years, and 107 days old.
The five-time NBA champion Bryant joins Chamberlain (31,419), Michael Jordan (32,292), Karl Malone (36,928) and Kareem Abdul Jabbar (38,387) as the only players to reach the historical plateau.
“It’s pretty awesome,” Bryant said on Time Warner Cable SportsNet on joining the 30,000 point club. “These are players I respect tremendously. I obviously grew up idolizing them, watching them and learned a great deal from them. So it’s awesome.”
Bryant is the fifth fastest in terms of games to reach the milestone, needing 1,179. Chamberlain was the fastest, doing it in 941 games.
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