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Kobe Bryant joined elite company on Friday night, becoming the third player in NBA history to score 30-or-more points in five straight games after turning 34 years old.
After finishing with a game-high 30 points in the Los Angeles Lakers' 102-96 win over the Washington Wizards on Friday night, Kobe Bryant became the third player in NBA history to score 30-or-more points after turning 34 years old, a feat that puts him in elite company.
The 34-year-old guard joins Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players to do so. Jordan had five games of 30-plus points to start the 1997-98 season and Abdul-Jabbar rattled off five consecutive games with 30-plus during his 1981-82 season with the Lakers.
Bryant wasn't finished at five straight games. He scored 34 points in the Lakers 111-98 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night, giving him six consecutive games with 30-or-more points. The 17-year veteran is enjoying one of the most productive seasons of his illustrious career, averaging 29.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists, while shooting 47.8 percent from the field.
Bryant will try to make it seven consecutive games with 30-plus points when the Lakers play host to the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday night at Staples Center. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. PT and the game will be televised on Time Warner SportsNet.