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Bryant passes Jordan on career scoring list

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant surpassed Michael Jordan on the NBA’s all-time scoring list during Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis.

Bryant, 36, moved into third place in career scoring, behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone.

Bryant made a free throw that gave him his ninth point on Sunday, putting him one point ahead of Jordan’s career total of 32,292 points. He ended the night with a team-high 26 points for 32,310 in his career, helping the Lakers earn a 100-94 victory.

Bryant is in his 19th NBA season, and Jordan accumulated his total in 15 seasons. Jordan finished with a career scoring average of 30.1 points per game. Kobe has a career average of 25.5 points, and entered Sunday’s action with a 25.4 average this season.

Bryant has a ways to go to catch Malone, who is second with 36,928 points, and all-time scoring leader Abdul-Jabbar, who finished with 38,387 points.

Earlier, Bryant had downplayed the significance of passing Jordan.

“It’s really not a big deal to say I passed him for something like that,” Bryant said. “It’s a great accomplishment, but the true beauty is in the journey.”

Alan is an expert gambling writer who works as one of the chief editors for Basketball Insiders. He has been covering online gambling and sports betting for over 8 years, having written for the likes of Sportlens,, The Sports Daily, 90min, and His particular specialisms include US online casinos and gambling regulations, and soccer and basketball betting. Based in London, Alan holds an MA in English Literature and is a passionate supporter of Chelsea FC.

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