With 34 points at Minnesota on Friday, Kobe Bryant shot his way past the 29,000 point mark for his career, and now has 29,022 thanks to 7-of-12 shooting in the second half after a 4-for-14 first half.
The youngest player in league history to score 23,000 – 28,000 and now 29,000 points, Bryant is 33 years and 199 days old. He posted 34 points against the Wolves to lead L.A. to its 18th consecutive victory over Minnesota.
Wilt Chamberlain reached the milestone on March 7, 1971, when he was 34 years, 198 days of age. Michael Jordan (35 years, 45 days), Karl Malone (35 years, 105 days) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (35 years, 298 days) complete the four Hall of Famers to score 29,000. Bryant (1,142 games played through 3/7/12) also became the 5th fastest in terms of games. Chamberlain was the fastest to reach 29,000, doing so in 874 games, followed by Jordan (922), Abdul-Jabbar (1,056) and Malone (1,113).