Kobe Bryant makes history with his monster triple double (31/12/11) vs Raptors
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“It’s a huge honor and it means I pass more than people say.”
Kobe Bryant became the first player in NBA history to accumulate 30,000 points and 6,000 assists on Sunday. That’s right, the Black Mamba’s monster triple double of 31 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds in an OT win over the Raptors is responsible for atleast 42,000 points for the LA Lakers!
“Kobe was amazing tonight, man — dropping dimes to everybody, rebounding, shooting it and being a great playmaker,” Boozer said. “When he plays like that, we all get involved. He’s amazing every night, but tonight was something special.”
The triple double was the 20th of his career and helped the Lakers snap a four-game losing streak.
“I was just trying to make the right plays,” said Bryant, who was three assists off his career high. “The difference is that when the guys make the shots, it makes my job easier because I don’t have to force the offense. When they miss them and we go down 12-15 points, I’ve got to force the issue a little bit to keep us in the ballgame.”
If all that wasn’t impressive enough, at age 36, Kobe became the oldest player in NBA history to record a 30/10/10 triple-double. Bird did it at 35 and Elgin Baylor and Michael Jordan did it at age 34.
Speaking of MJ, Kobe is just 135 points away from passing him on the All-time scoring list.