Thursday, March 10, 2011



Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant looks on during a break against the Houston Rockets in the first half of Game 6 of the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets Western Conference semifinals at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on May 14, 2009. (UPI Photo/Aaron M. Sprecher) Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

Kobe Bryant's 27 points passed Moses Malone for sixth place on the NBA All-Time Scorers list, still it was Andrew Bynum's 16 points, 16 rebounds and 3 blocks that helped the Lakers fly away from the Hawks by a scoreline of 101-87 in the ATL. "I'm just very fortunate, that's all," a humbled Kobe said about yet another milestone this season and he was fortunate for his frontcourt forces who took it straight to Atlanta's baskets. Pau Gasol also made his case with 14 points and 11 rebounds as the Lakers won their eight wonder in a row since the All-Star break. Still as much as this game will go down in history for Kobe Bryant, it was 'Drew's night. "He wasn't the leading scorer but he still impacted the game," Lamar Odom told press as he got dressed, "that shows you how important he is to us." NBA legend Julius Erving watched from the courtside in Atlanta as chants of "MVP, MVP" rang out from the Atlanta home crowd towards Kobe. Now that type of respect is only due for the legends as Kobe furthers his storied legacy. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

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