Accessibility links

Breaking News

NBA: Bryant Sets League Record


National Basketball Association leading scorer Kobe Bryant set another career milestone Friday, becoming the youngest player in league history to score 16,000 points.

Bryant, 27, scored 42 points Friday to lead his Los Angeles Lakers over the cross-state rival Golden State Warriors, 106-94. He scored his 16,000th point in the first quarter. Bryant is just four days younger than late Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain was when he posted his 16,000th career point in 1964.

NBA-leader Detroit beat the buzzer with a jump shot by Richard Hamilton as the Pistons survived a 98-96 contest against the Seattle SuperSonics. Hamilton had 20 points, and teammates Rasheed Wallace and Chauncy Billups each had 21.

Philadelphia's Allen Iverson followed Wednesday's 40-point performance against Houston with a 47-point game Friday to lead his 76ers 119-113 over the Washington Wizards. Iverson also had 12 assists. Teammate Chris Webber added 30 points and 12 rebounds. The Sixers have won five of six games since the mid-season All-Star break.

The Dallas Mavericks kept their slim lead in the Western Conference over San Antonio and recovered from Thursday's narrow loss to the defending champion Spurs, with a 90-76 thumping of the Charlotte Bobcats. Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavs with 26 points, and Jason Terry added 17 as Dallas stretched its club-record home winning streak to 16 games.

Other NBA winners Friday were the Bulls, Celtics, Rockets, Kings, Suns and Jazz.

The Chicago Bulls scored the go-ahead basket with 31 seconds to go to beat the New York Knicks 108-101, the Boston Celtics edged the Indiana Pacers 99-98, and the Houston Rockets downed the Denver Nuggets 89-78. Five Sacramento players scored in double-digits as the Kings beat the Atlanta Hawks 102-93, the Phoenix Suns rallied to defeat the Orlando Magic 123-118, and the Utah Jazz edged the Los Angeles Clippers 105-103.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.