Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant became the first player in NBA history to score more than 30,000 career points and record 6,000 assists, accomplishing the feat in the Lakers' 129-122 overtime victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.
He passed the 6,000 assist mark in the third quarter after passing to forward Wesley Johnson, who made a 12-foot jumper. Bryant finished with 31 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds in the game, his 20th career triple-double. Bryant now has 32,153 points in the regular season and 6,003 assists in his 19 NBA seasons.
"It's a huge honor. It means I pass more than people say," Bryant said to the Los Angeles Times.
Bryant, who leads the NBA in scoring at 26.6 points per game, talked about the significance of the milestone.
"One's more in your control than the other. I prefer things to be under my control," Bryant said. “It means guys are playing with confidence. They're more involved They emotionally feel better. They get more excited and more into the game. It makes the game more enjoyable."
The Lakers (4-13), who have the worst record in the Western Conference, start a three-game road trip in Detroit on Tuesday.
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