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.”
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