Kobe scores 30,000th point...Knicks nip Bobcats
The 34-year-old Bryant needed 13 points to reach the plateau before he scored 29 in the Los Angeles Lakers' 103-87 win at New Orleans. Wilt Chamberlain was 35 when he hit the mark, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone were each 36 and Michael Jordan was 38.
Dwight Howard added 18 points for the Lakers, who trailed by a point at halftime before a 13-0 run helped them end a two-game skid.
In other NBA action, the New York Knicks lead the NBA's Eastern Conference at 15-4 after J.R. Smith stole a pass before hitting a fall-away jumper at the buzzer to give them a 100-98 win at Charlotte. Tyson Chandler had 18 points and 17 rebounds to help the Knicks win their fourth in a row. Carmelo Anthony scored 20 of his 23 points in the first half and sat out the final 2:10 after injuring his left hand while diving for a loose ball.
San Antonio grabbed a season-high 53 rebounds and improved to 15-4 by beating Milwaukee 110-99. Tony Parker and Gary Neal each scored 22 points, and Tim Duncan provided 17 points and 10 boards.
Blake Griffin's 19 points and 13 rebounds highlighted the Los Angeles Clippers 112-90 pounding of Dallas. Jamal Crawford paced the Clippers with 20 points and Chris Paul added 14 and 13 assists as L.A. won its fourth in a row.
Josh Smith had 16 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and converted a three-point play off a steal with 31 seconds left to carry Atlanta past Denver 108-104. Al Horford led the Hawks with 25 points and 12 rebounds.
Boston beat Minnesota 104-94 behind Kevin Garnett's 18 points and 10 rebounds. Rajon Rondo added 17 points and 11 assists in his first game since completing a two-game suspension for his role in a scuffle with Brooklyn last Wednesday.
Marco Belinelli scored a season-high 23 points and Luol Deng added 22 as Chicago knocked off Cleveland 99-85. The Cavaliers have lost 13 of 15 and are 2-7 since point guard Kyrie Irving broke his left index finger last month.
Utah was an 87-81 winner over Orlando behind Al Jefferson's season-high 31 points and 15 rebounds. Jefferson developed back spasms with 1:29 remaining and had to be helped off the court.
Paul George contributed 22 points and George Hill added 18 as Indiana downed Portland 99-92. David West added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the 10-9 Pacers, who took control by outscoring the Trail Blazers 31-14 in the third quarter.
Detroit's five-game home winning streak is over after Klay Thompson scored 19 of his 27 points in the third period of Golden State's 104-97 triumph over the Pistons. Stephen Curry had a double-double with 22 points and 10 assists, while David Lee added 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors.
Sacramento was a 107-100 winner over Toronto as DeMarcus Cousins accounted for 25 points and 13 rebounds. Tyreke Evans scored 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter after missing the last two games with a bruised left knee.
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