Christmas has a new king.

Kobe Bryant scored 34 points to become the NBA's career Christmas Day scoring leader, and he lifted the Los Angeles Lakers to their fifth straight win, a 100-94 victory over the New York Knicks at Staples Center.

Los Angeles trailed 80-79 with nine minutes to play before Bryant sparked an 8-0 run, scoring six points, and the Lakers never trailed again.


"I think it's great for the NBA," Knicks guard Jason Kidd said. "I think it's great for the game (to have a) Christmas Day game when you have the top two scorers going at it and they both compete at a high level and both want to win. It's a lot of fun to watch."