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#1 TheAssassin611

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Posted February 11, 2009 - 03:04 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP)”Kobe Bryant bounced back quickly from the flu and became the youngest player in NBA history to reach the 23,000-point plateau.

Bryant showed no lingering effects from being sick two days earlier, scoring 34 points in the Los Angeles Lakers surprisingly narrow 105-98 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.

He obviously enjoys reaching such career milestones.

Its always fun whenever you talk about the history of the game,Bryant said. Its always a tremendous honor.

With fans chanting MVP, Bryant 30 years, 171 days old made a free throw with 5:13 left in the second quarter, bouncing the ball off the front of the rim, then the backboard and in. He joined 20 others in league history who've reached that lofty mark.

Wilt Chamberlain was formerly the youngest at 30 years, 176 days. He still ranks as the fastest to 23,000, reaching it in 606 games, while Bryant, who came straight from high school to the NBA, reached it in his 917th game.

Pau Gasol had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and Lamar Odom had 12 points and a season-high 18 boards for the Lakers, just back from a 6-0 trip they concluded with wins against Boston and Cleveland.

Bryant had chills and fever and needed intravenous fluids at halftime of Sunday's game against the Cavaliers.

After the win over the Thunder, he said, I feel really good. I got rested up, got fluids in me, got some decent meals in me.

Even if he was still sick, he undoubtedly would have played.

I love playing. I'd much rather be out there moving around,Bryant said. I'd feel a lot worse if I was just laying down and not doing anything.

Although Los Angeles has the league's best record and Oklahoma City one of the worst, the Thunder stayed close most of the game. Down by as many as 15 early in the third quarter and behind by 10 with 1:20 remaining in the game, the Thunder pulled within 103-98 on Jeff Green's 3 with 10 seconds to play. But Gasol's layup off an Odom steal with 4 seconds on the clock wrapped up the scoring.

Kevin Durant scored 31 points, his fifth 30-point game in a row, and had 10 rebounds in the loss. Russell Westbrook had 17 points and nine rebounds.

`It was a good effort, but playing against the best team in basketball has to be a flawless effort,Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. We did not have that, but we played hard. We came back in the second half and did a good job, really competing and contesting the shots. We made them miss shots.

That is the best team in basketball. We competed with them.

Los Angeles held a 13-point lead at halftime, but the Thunder cut the deficit to 80-73 by the end of the third quarter.

Bryant and Odom combined on several spectacular plays. Down by two with 4 seconds left in the first quarter, the Lakers drew even as Bryant grabbed Odom's length-of-the-court pass just over the outstretched hands of a defender and dunked to tie it at 25. In the second quarter, Bryant threaded a pass to Odom as he split defenders down the lane and Odom seemed to catch the ball, go up and dunk all in the same motion.

Even Lakers coach Phil Jackson smiled at that play.

The ailing Bryant scored 19 in Sunday's 101-91 victory at Cleveland that was the Cavaliers first home loss of the season. Odom took up the slack, scoring a season-high 28.





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Posted February 11, 2009 - 03:41 AM

Nice one Kobe! Certainly one of the greatest player in NBA history :rock: ;)

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Posted February 11, 2009 - 03:46 AM

Yeaaah Kobeee :dance1: I'm kinda sad I wasn't able to watch the whole game because of school but I'm glad I saw his 23000th point :) Congrats Kobe ! One of the best of all-time ( if not the best ) :)


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Posted February 11, 2009 - 12:48 PM

Just the norm for the Kobester. :rock:

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Posted February 11, 2009 - 01:05 PM

Nice to see, but really it doesn't matter since everyone knows LeBron is breaking all of Kobe's "Youngest To" records. Still impressive, though.


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Posted February 11, 2009 - 01:08 PM

^ True that and I'm sure Kobe obviously knows that as well so that naturally probably makes him feel a little more ehh about these accomplishments. Too bad they didn't have that post high school to NBA rule in effect on time, haha.

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Posted February 11, 2009 - 01:34 PM

Ladies & Gentlemen.. it's KOBE BRYANT !

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Posted February 11, 2009 - 01:36 PM

^ True that and I'm sure Kobe obviously knows that as well so that naturally probably makes him feel a little more ehh about these accomplishments. Too bad they didn't have that post high school to NBA rule in effect on time, haha.


"We came out so young and then he got a head start on me," Bryant said. "I didn't play my first three years in the league, but it's all fun."


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Posted February 11, 2009 - 01:41 PM

Gongrats Kobe!!!
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Posted February 11, 2009 - 01:41 PM

Depending on how well he develops, Durant could break LeBron's "youngest to.." records.

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Posted February 11, 2009 - 01:54 PM

"We came out so young and then he got a head start on me," Bryant said. "I didn't play my first three years in the league, but it's all fun."

and truer words couldn't have been spoken, unfortunately.

Gongrats Kobe!!!
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Posted February 11, 2009 - 01:55 PM

Nice to see, but really it doesn't matter since everyone knows LeBron is breaking all of Kobe's "Youngest To" records. Still impressive, though.

Really? I mean, I don't hear that in EVERY thread about Kobe breaking some "youngest to" records. I'm glad you pointed that out.


Games played > Youngest to.

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Posted February 11, 2009 - 01:56 PM

Another Wilt Record getting Broke
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Posted February 11, 2009 - 01:59 PM

Really? I mean, I don't hear that in EVERY thread about Kobe breaking some "youngest to" records. I'm glad you pointed that out.


Games played > Youngest to.


Calm down - just pointing it out. I hear it all the time, too, and I'm not disputing that doing it in less games played is more impressive.

Nobody will do it in less games than Wilt.


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Posted February 11, 2009 - 02:05 PM

I'm calm, trust me. I actually had a smile on my face scrolling down to see how many posts before I saw it (b/c I knew it was coming). I'm just pointing out how annoying it can get. Like it's so hard to just give Kobe props for what he did.

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Posted February 11, 2009 - 02:34 PM

Everyone's giving him props, though...


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Posted February 11, 2009 - 04:53 PM

Thats Kobe being Kobe!

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