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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Kobe Bryant Becomes the Youngest to Score 17,000 Points

Kobe Bryant had 31 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists on Friday night in a 107-100 L.A. Lakers win over the Toronto Raptors. This was Bryant's first game against the Raptors since his 81 point explosion last year and, while he did not approach those heights, he did set a record, becoming the youngest player in NBA history to score 17,000 points. Bryant (28 years, 86 days) ranks ahead of Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O'Neal on that list. Of course, barring injury, LeBron James figures to make that mark his own eventually because he not only jumped straight from high school to the NBA (like Bryant) but also immediately became a starter and big time scorer.

Bryant led both teams in scoring, rebounding and assists and shot 10-19 from the field. It would seem that he is getting closer to being 100% after being slowed by offseason knee surgery. The Lakers (6-3) are now tied for second place in the Pacific Division with the Golden State Warriors, just percentage points behind the L.A. Clippers.

posted by David Friedman @ 1:27 AM

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