Bryant scores 38 points as Lakers defeat the Dallas Mavericks.
The Los Angeles Lakers sealed a closely contested 103-99 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, with Kobe Bryant rolling back the years.
Bryant finished the game with 38 points, with 14 coming in the fourth quarter, as he put on a real display from three-point range.
The ‘Black Mamba’ also contributed seven assists and 12 rebounds, as he played an influential role in the Lakers securing the win.
Steve Nash was also a big factor, finishing with 20 points, while Dwight Howard did well while out on the court, although was hampered by falling into early foul trouble.
There was another personal landmark for Bryant in Dallas, as he passed 31,000 points in the NBA, making him one of just five players to hit the milestone.
He joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain in achieving the feat, and is now 500 points away from surpassing Chamberlain to become the fourth-leading scorer in NBA history.
In his 17th year in the NBA, Kobe gave everyone a timely reminder of his greatness on the court, but more importantly helps continue the Lakers’ three-game winning streak.
At the age of 34, he averages over 25 points per game, and he will be hoping to maintain his fine scoring run as the Lakers push their way back into play-off contention.