Kobe is youngest to score 20,000 points as Lakers win

ESPN: Kobe Bryant scored 39 points, becoming the youngest player in NBA history to reach 20,000, and the Los Angeles Lakers held off the New York Knicks 95-90 Sunday.

Bryant added 11 rebounds and eight assists in his first game at Madison Square Garden in nearly two years. His 3-pointer in the opening minute of the third quarter allowed him to reach the milestone at 29 years, 122 days.

Before him, only Wilt Chamberlain (29, 134) and Michael Jordan (29, 326) had gotten there before turning 30.

Bryant’s last basket came in the final minute after the Knicks had trimmed a 25-point deficit to one. The victory capped a 3-1 road trip for the Lakers, who headed home to host Phoenix on Christmas Day.

Jamal Crawford scored 31 points for the Knicks, who were again without Stephon Marbury and have lost two straight and eight of 10. David Lee had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and Nate Robinson scored 16 points.

Despite a sometimes sloppy effort that included no assists in the second quarter, the Knicks were spared the usual wrath of their fans, who instead seemed content to cheer Bryant and Andrew Bynum, a New Jersey product.

In fact, fans cheered when Bryant had to get off the bench to return to the game early in the fourth quarter after the Knicks closed within single digits. Sasha Vujacic then made a 3-pointer and Jordan Farmar knocked down a jumper, seemingly putting Los Angeles back in control at 80-68 with 9:45 to play.

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  • http://hhb PHANT0M

    Gr8 GAAAAAAAAME!

  • http://myspace.com/nugge7 The Nugget

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    Fantastic game!

  • nyla

    Bring on Phoenix!

  • http://hhb PHANT0M

    The Nugget
    Dec 23rd, 2007 at 2:05 pm Click this link to quote this comment in your reply

    PHANT0M on December 23, 2007 at 2:02 pm said:

    Gr8 GAAAAAAAAME!

    Fantastic game!

    SuperB!
    :p

  • PHANTOM

    Kobe was awesome again. phil almost blew it with the white lineup he uses at the begining of the 4th, but kobe saved the day. great win…

  • mplakers

    great game?????????????? great win???????????are you people nuts?

    the fact that the second unit couldn’t hold the lead and then when kobe and bynum went back in, the knicks still caught up, just proves that our team is still lacking in the focus and killer instinct department.

    hey how about odom picking up another charging call with the game on the line on the way to a seemingly easy layup? how many times have we seen that knucklehead do the same thing over and over again.

    i don’t know about you guys but, we have some major issues to fix before the vengeance seeking suns roll in here like the grinch who stole christmas.

    THEY BETTER HAVE THEIR FOCUS AND THEIR ACTS TOGETHER FOR THAT ONE!!LOOK FOR D’ANTONI TO RUB IT IN PHIL”S FACE IF THEY WIN.

  • http://www.lakers.com Ed

    This is how the Lakers should win all the time. Kobe scores big and the Lakers win. F uck LeBron James!!!!!!!!!!!

  • gugy

    Kobe is the man!

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

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    Explain to me why you are blaming Phil for the Lakers bench not playing defense? This makes no sense to me. The Lakers couldn’t play defense this game if their lives and the lives of their families depended on it. Yes, the Lakers won, which is great, but to blow a 26 point lead to the Knicks and almost lose the game is unforgivable. The Lakers bench needs to start playing the way they used to. This road trip, the bench was practically non-existant.

  • LA Forever

    http://thelakersnation.com/blog/?p=1816#comment-20193

    CRAZY GAME AND NICE GAME FOR KOBE TOO

  • http://clublakers.com/forums darkice18

    a win is a win….congrats to kb for making history like always!

    LETS DESTROY THE SUNS ON CHRISTMAS GOOO LAAKERS!!!

  • http://bustedquad.com/forum Caleb

    “Explain to me why you are blaming Phil for the Lakers bench not playing defense? This makes no sense to me. The Lakers couldn’t play defense this game if their lives and the lives of their families depended on it. Yes, the Lakers won, which is great, but to blow a 26 point lead to the Knicks and almost lose the game is unforgivable. The Lakers bench needs to start playing the way they used to. This road trip, the bench was practically non-existant.”

    What does that even mean (its unforgivable)???? If they go on to win the title you’ll still be pissed about the game?

  • lakerfan81

    The Lakers played good in the first half, despite some very bad shots by Kobe. I love Kobe but really there is no reason to take a 30 footer with 15 seconds left on the shot clock. The Lakers lost focus being up by 25 in the 3rd quarter. It happens, all teams do it especially in the last game on a long road trip. It shouldn’t happen a lot but once is understandable. They will need to play all 48 minutes against the suns on Tuesday. Also the officiating was pretty bad in this game. Every time Nate Robinson drove the lane he would create contact by pushing off with his left hand, then the Lakers would be called for the foul.

  • http://lakers.com k0be da 1 andonly

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    dam man u dumb kobe shouldn’t be putting up those numbers

  • http://www.lakers.com Ed

    kobe da 1 andonly you are a moron. Why shouldn’t Kobe be putting up those numbers. If he doesn’t that gives those fags on ESPN more room to give LeBron credit for nothing. That SOB is not better then Kobe, but people look at it differently. If LeBron wins the scoring title this year then eveyone will be saying that LeBron is better. All I’m saying is if Kobe can score 30 a night and the Lakers can still win at a consistent rate than he should do it. F uck LeBron James!!!!!!

  • http://hhb PHANT0M

    It’s a good win because, we gave them momentum but lakers stayed composed and came away with a win.
    3-1 on the road, with injuries..(Kobe-Groin, Brown.Walton)
    Could of been 4-0 but thats in the past.
    So Anyways, we cant be complacent against the suns cuz their a whole diff team skillwise…

    G-LUCK L.A…
    Go Kobe!

  • RDLAKB24

    good win.. i was at the game its great how much the garden and NYC loves KB.. its amazing the cheers he got!! luv it

  • lakerfan81

    Side note about Kobe being youngest to reach 20,000 pts. It took kobe 817 games (I think thats correct its over 800 anyways) while it took Wilt 499 (thats a 40 pts/game average).

  • e

    kobe played extremely well tonight…i expect him to play like this on tuesday…however..i also expect the others to step it up a bit more.. and what was up with lamar and all those fouls, same with chris mihm..he fouls way too much…anyway, decent win but congratulations kobe bean bryant!

  • kisofdeath

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    you sir are a complete idiot….i dont mind kobe playin like this but to say this is the way the LAKERS should win is the dumbest thing i ever heard since kwame was named the first overall pick, i’d rather have the bench score 73 and come out with a win against a top tier team, than kobe scoring 40 ppg and squeaking by a sub .500 team..

    and this is a laker site so lakers winning should matter more than the stupid media hyped player rivalries

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

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    Well said Kisofdeath! Who cares if Kobe gets 40 ppg and wins the media hyped battle against Lebron. The Lakers winning is the MOST important thing. If Kobe averages 20 ppg and so do the other Laker starters, and they WIN, that’s what’s important.

  • lakersfan17

    Well short lived record, here comes LeBron.

  • myriam

    Congratulation KObe for reaching 20000 pts, another feather in your cap. No doubt you’re the best player. Keep up the good work.

  • foxxy

    [Comment ID #20340 Will Be Quoted Here]SCREW LEBRON!!!!

  • foxxy

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    AND ITS ALL ABOUT KB24 RIGHT NOW…LEBRON WILL MAKE HIS OWN HISTORY WHEN HIS TIME COMES…BUT UNTIL THEN …K O B E!!!!!!

  • e

    i have doubts lebron will ever become this good…everyone says he will, but he’s got some aspects of his play that can really hurt him in the near future…for instance, he’s more of an athlete than he is a skilled player..but hey thats just what i think

  • lakerfan81

    If Lebron works on some post moves, and his jumpshot, and learns to play solid Defense he will be an amazing player. He is still young and might get their but for now Kobe is the best.

  • 24allup inya

    Kobe will always be the best sorry Le’Bron