Kobe Bryant made NBA history — and made peace with Dwight Howard after an argument between the star teammates early in the game Wednesday night. In the latest twist in the Lakers' weird, wild season, the team forged unity after a Kobe-Dwight confrontation and rolled to a much-needed 103-87 victory over the lowly New Orleans Hornets. Bryant, 34, became the youngest player in league history to score 30,000 points — doing it in the second quarter after he and Howard argued during the first quarter about Bryant not rotating to help Howard on defense. In a subsequent timeout, Bryant reached out a conciliatory hand toward Howard — and also delivered a 17-point first half that included a pretty shot from the lane to eclipse 30,000. The only players to have scored more than Bryant are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain. NBA commissioner David Stern, attending the game, said about Bryant: "He is up there on the pedestal with Michael Jordan." Even better for the Lakers than Bryant's personal feats, they got on the same page with Bryant in the second half to make it a truly feel-good night. Asked the key to the second-half surge, Howard focused on what was learned from the disagreement: "The third quarter, we did a better job on the defensive end, rotating in and forcing them to take tough shots."
Bryant is youngest to hit 30,000 points as Lakers win
Orange County Register | Dec 6