Bryant eclipses 30,000, Lakers beat Hornets 103-87

Bryant eclipses 30,000, Lakers beat Hornets 103-87
December 5, 2012, 10:24 pm
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Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) shoots over New Orleans Hornets center Robin Lopez (15) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. With the basket, Bryant became the youngest player in NBA history to break 30,000 points. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) Kobe Bryant scored 29 points, making him the fifth player in NBA history to score 30,000, and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped a two-game skid with a 103-87 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.

Bryant entered the game needing only 13 points to eclipse the scoring milestone and did so with a short jumper late in the first half that was perhaps the least spectacular of his baskets, which included the usual array of soaring dunks, demoralizing transition 3-pointers and turnaround, off-balance jumpers.

Dwight Howard added 18 points for the Lakers, who trailed by a point at halftime but seized control with a 13-0 run to open the third quarter, and the lead grew as large as 20.

Ryan Anderson scored 31, hitting 5 of 8 3-pointers. Greivis Vasquez added 16 points.