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Kobe eclipses 30,000 in Lakers’ win

The Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (left) is greeted by Chris Duhon at the end of the first half Wednesday against the Hornets in New Orleans. Bryant became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 30,000 points. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

NEW ORLEANS – 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.

Knicks 100, Bobcats 98: At Charlotte, N.C., with Carmelo Anthony nursing a lacerated finger, New York turned to J.R. Smith for the last shot, and he delivered. Smith hit a fallaway jumper from the left wing as time expired to give the Knicks a victory over Charlotte.

Pacers 99, Trail Blazers 92: At Indianapolis, Paul George scored 22 points to help Indiana beat Portland.

Celtics 104, Timberwolves 94: At Boston, Kevin Garnett scored 18 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and remained unbeaten against his former team as Boston beat Minnesota in Celtics guard Rajon Rondo’s return from a two-game suspension.

Warriors 104, Pistons 97: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Klay Thompson scored 19 of his 27 points in the third quarter, and Golden State pulled away to beat Detroit.

Hawks 108, Nuggets 104: At Atlanta, Josh Smith’s steal, jam and free throw with 31 seconds remaining extended Atlanta’s lead, and the Hawks held on to beat Denver.

San Antonio 110, Milwaukee 99: At San Antonio,


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