The Lakers guard is just the fifth player ever to hit that mark.
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (24) shoots against Houston Rockets' Marcus Morris (2) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
NEW ORLEANS — Kobe Bryant has become the youngest player in NBA history to eclipse 30,000 career points and only the fifth overall to hit that mark.
Bryant finished the night with 29 points as the Lakers snapped a two-game skid with a 103-87 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday.
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.
Because the basket came in the flow of play, there was hardly any reaction on the court as Bryant and his teammates ran back on defense.
Bryant is 34. Wilt Chamberlain was 35 when he hit the mark, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone were each 36 and Michael Jordan was 38.