Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/6/12
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NEW ORLEANS -- It took him 17 years -- fighting and clawing every night -- but the competitive genius of Kobe Bryant wouldn't take a day off. Ever. Bryant scored 29 points Wednesday night in a 103-87 victory over the New Orleans Hornets to become the youngest player in NBA history to reach 30,000 points in a career. At 34 years and 104 days old, Bryant surpassed the old mark held by Wilt Chamberlain (35 years, 179 days). Only three other Hall of Famers -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and Michael Jordan -- have reached 30,000. Bryant probably would have to stay healthy for at least another four seasons to come close to Abdul-Jabbar's all-time NBA scoring record of 38,387 points, but for now, 30,000 represents a good time to reflect and take a bow. "That's pretty awesome," Bryant said. "These are players I respect tremendously and honestly grew up idolizing and learning a great deal from. It's a tremendous honor. I've just been very, very fortunate." In terms of number...
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