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NBA: Lakers' Kobe Bryant Makes History - 2003-03-06


Kobe Bryant of the National Basketball Association's Los Angeles Lakers had a history-making night Wednesday.

Bryant became the youngest person in league history to score 10,000 career points as the Lakers beat the Indiana Pacers, 97-95. Bryant reached the 10,000 point plateau at age 24, one year younger than former record-holder Bob McAdoo. Bryant finished Wednesday's game with 20 points.

In other NBA action Wednesday, Stromile Swift scored a season-high 24 points as the Memphis Grizzlies handed the Denver Nuggets their 14th straight loss, 96-86.

In Phoenix, Stephon Marbury scored 33 points and Shawn Marion added 22 as the host Suns beat the Portland Trail Blazers, 98-92.

Russia's Andrei Kirilenko had 19 points and 11 rebounds as the Utah Jazz snapped the Seattle SuperSonics' five-game winning streak 94-83.

Chinese rookie Yao Ming scored 21 points, including 13 in the final quarter, to lift the Houston Rockets to a 97-95 win over the Toronto Raptors.

In Boston, Antoine Walker scored 34 points and Tony Battie blocked the potential game-tying shot in the final seconds of regulation to give the host Celtics a 97-95 win over the New York Knicks.

Chris Webber had 25 points and 11 rebounds as the Sacramento Kings posted a 96-95 overtime win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Jerry Stackhouse and Larry Hughes had 20 points apiece as the Washington Wizards handed the Los Angeles Clippers their seventh straight loss, 99-80.

In Orlando, Tracy McGrady scored 48 points - his eighth 40-point game of the season - as the host Magic beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 111-99.

Jason Terry scored 24 points and dished out a career high 14 assists as the Atlanta Hawks beat the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers, 111-105. It was Cleveland's 50th loss of the season - the club's fourth straight 50-loss season.

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