Basketball: Bryant reaches milestone, Lakers beat Mavs

DALLAS (AFP) - Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 38 points and became the youngest player in National Basketball Association history to surpass the 31,000-point mark as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Dallas Mavericks 103-99 on Sunday.

Five-time NBA champion Bryant, who scored 14 of his points in the final quarter, also had 12 rebounds and seven assists and reached the 31,000 milestone at 34 years, 185 days.

Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain had the old mark at 36 years, 164 days.

"Kobe made some unbelievable big plays coming down the stretch," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said. "All he needs is the ball. Just throw it over to him and that's how he likes to operate."

Steve Nash finished with 20 points and Dwight Howard grabbed 13 rebounds and nine points for the Lakers, who have won five straight games in Dallas.

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