Kobe Bryant Enters Rare Air, Lakers Get Rare Road Win


Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Kobe Bryant’s place in hoops history is becoming academic. You can debate the G.O.A.T. status. That’s an argument for which there never will be a right answer any way. But when it comes to certain categories the resume makes the argument undeniable.

Right about now KB24 is standing in a realm where few have and ever will venture in the NBA landscape. Coming into tonight’s contest the question wasn’t if but when Kobe would eclipse the 30,000 point plateau. Kobe did work during the loss in Houston setting the stage for history in New Orleans.

Before the game hit halftime Kobe did what only four other have done before him. After the break the Lakers did what they’ve only done once before this evening – win on the road.

On both accounts it was a night of rarities as the Lake Show closed out the soon-to-be Pelicans 103-87 for just the second win outside of Staples on the season. For Kobe it was a win that came on a night when he entered a top 5 list that cements his place in history.