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Dec 6, 2012 12:28 AM by Andrew Masuda

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

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. The Lakers snapped a two game losing skid and improved to 2-5 on the road. They play five of their next six games away from home.

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

Bryant is the youngest player in NBA history to eclipse 30,000 mark. 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.

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