Kobe Bryant notched his 20th career triple-double during the Lakers' 129-122 upset over the Toronto Raptors Sunday. He also accomplished a massive career milestone during the game, becoming the first player in NBA history with 30,000 points and 6,000 assists in a career.
The Lakers (4-13) sit at the bottom of the Pacific division and were hosting the Atlantic division’s leaders, the Toronto Raptors (13-4). Bryant finished the game with 31 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists.
An assist in the third quarter gave Bryant 6,000 career assists, adding to his 32,123 career points over 19 years in the NBA.
"It's a huge honor,” Bryant said. “It means I pass more than people say.”
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Bryant receives much criticism about not passing the ball enough and shooting too much. Just over two weeks ago, Bryant set the NBA record for most missed shots in NBA history.
When asked about the difference between his scoring and assists record, Bryant had a good point to make: "One is more in your control than the other. I prefer things to be under my control. But yeah, the assists [record] is actually more enjoyable because it means guys are playing with confidence and they're more involved. They emotionally feel better. They get more excited, more into the game. It makes playing more enjoyable."
Bryant, 36, has missed significant time with injuries in the last two years, but his talent still shows on the court every single night.
"He's just an amazing basketball player. That's the bottom line. He's had an unbelievable career. He's still going pretty strong," Lakers coach Byron Scott said. "There's a lot left in that tank, it's obvious. His accomplishments are just fantastic. To watch him continue to compete the way that he does at this level is remarkable."