Kobe passes Michael on list of top scoring hoopsters
Kobe passes Michael on list of top scoring hoopsters Kobe Bryant, in 2014 and Michael Jordan, in 1995, at left (Reuters / AP photo)
Kobe passes Michael on list of top scoring hoopsters
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Kobe Bryant has reached rarefied air.

The Los Angeles Lakers basketball star passed Michael Jordan for third on the NBA's career scoring list Sunday night in a 100-94 victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Bryant entered the game needing nine points to pass Jordan, the icon with whom he is often compared. He got the mark with two free throws with 5:24 to play in the second quarter.

"I'm just honored to be here, man, to still be playing," Bryant said. "I appreciate being able to play this long. Careers normally don't last this long. I really appreciate the opportunity to still be out there playing and performing and doing what I do."

Now, only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone have scored more points than Bryant.

"I congratulate Kobe on reaching this milestone," Jordan, who now is the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, said in a statement. "He's obviously a great player, with a strong work ethic and has an equally strong passion for the game of basketball ... I look forward to seeing what he accomplishes next."

Bryant didn't break a record Sunday night. Abdul-Jabbar is still more than 6,000 points ahead of him and in no danger of being caught. But moving past Jordan was cause for celebration.

The two players have been linked for years and Bryant often mimicked Jordan from his earliest days in the league, from the way he pumped his fist after big shots to adopting the fade-away jumper as his career has progressed and even sprinkling in a little tongue-wagging on his drives to the bucket as a youth.

"He knows how much I've learned from him," Bryant said. "From the other legends, but him in particular."

The Timberwolves stopped the game, and the crowd gave Bryant a standing ovation as Wolves owner Glen Taylor presented him with the game ball.

With a big smile on his face, Bryant received hugs from teammates and the Timberwolves, and waved to the crowd.

Bryant has been chasing Jordan for almost two decades now. He's still one league championship short of the six Jordan won with the Bulls, but has now caught Jordan in the game's defining individual statistic.

Bryant had 32,284 points when he took the floor against a Timberwolves team that includes 19-year-old rookies Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine, two players who were barely born when Bryant made his NBA debut in 1996.

He missed four of his first five field goals. Then he knocked down a 3-pointer midway through the second quarter to pull within two points. He nearly passed Jordan with one of his patented fall-away jumpers from the baseline, but it rimmed out and with 5:24 to play and 24 seconds on the shot clock, No. 24 stepped to the line and calmly swished two free throws to do it. He finished the night with 26 points and 32,310 for his career.

It took Bryant 1,269 games to reach the NBA's career scoring podium. Jordan amassed his 32,292 points in 1,039 regular-season games.

"Just like we've never seen another player like Michael Jordan, we will never see another player like Kobe Bryant!" Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson tweeted.

Moving any further up the list will be a challenge. Malone (36,928) is more than 4,500 points ahead of the 36-year-old Bryant for second place. Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) is on top by a healthy margin.

"I think it puts him in the conversation of who is the greatest," Lakers coach Byron Scott said of Bryant. "I think his name's going to be mentioned when it's all said and done. His goal is still to win another championship or two. So we'll have to wait until the book is completed."

Critical thinking challenge: Why can Kobe Bryant still move higher on the career scoring list, but Michael Jordan cannot?

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COMMENTS (20)
  • tommym1-buc
    11/10/2015 - 09:23 a.m.

    This was a good article for sports! even though kobe passed Jordan i think Jordan is better

  • brandons-wes
    11/12/2015 - 09:27 a.m.

    Kobe can move highrer because he still is playing to day and plans to win. Ore championships but Michael Jordan cant because he is retired and is now the owner of the charollet hornets

  • dominicr-hor
    11/23/2015 - 09:57 a.m.

    The authors purpose in writing this article is to inform people on Kobe's milestone. I have learned that even though Jordan is the basketball legend Kobe Bryant has more. I agree that Kobe is a very good basketball player and he deserves it

  • travisy1-hor
    1/08/2016 - 03:01 p.m.

    The author's purpose is to never give up in life always do your best. The authors opinion is to never do what you don't want to do. do what you want to do in life. I like this article a lot.

  • kyled2-wal
    4/29/2016 - 12:43 p.m.

    The reason why Kobe can still move higher on the list is because Kobe is still playing and Michael Jordan is retired. Even though Kobe has past Jordan it took Kobe 230 more games. Thats about 2 more seasons than Jordan played. But what if Jordan played past 1998 and had never retired to play baseball for a couple years (but still played with the Washington Wizards at the end of his career)? Would Kobe be able to pass Jordan then? Would Jordan be able to pass Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the top all time scoring list? I wonder...

  • jajuanj1-bla
    9/15/2016 - 08:30 a.m.

    kobe is good but not better than Michel Jordan Kobe copied every move from Jordan

  • chasev-bla
    9/15/2016 - 09:33 a.m.

    In my opinion Micheal Jordan is better than Kobe Bryant.
    Kobe Bryant does have more points than Jordan, and he can get more, but that doesn't necessarily mean he is better than Jordan.
    I think Jordan could have more points than Bryant if he wasn't retired.

  • taylorg-bla
    9/15/2016 - 10:27 a.m.

    Kobe Bryant can still move higher than Michael Jordan on the scoring list because Kobe was still playing (he's retired now) but last year he was still scoring and Michael Jordan retired years ago, so therefore Michael cannot go higher up on the chart while Kobe could.

  • fernandoc3-sch
    1/19/2017 - 01:37 p.m.

    I think that this is a healthy pursuit because basketball takes lots of work. Without the hard work it is very hard to do big things."He knows how much I've learned from him."Kobe is a great in the sport and will be missed.

  • austinj-lew
    9/29/2017 - 01:06 p.m.

    It's great for Kobe Bryant to pass one of the best basketball players ever on the all-time scoring list. He worked really hard to be as good as he is and all his hard work has paid off. He will most likely go down as one of the greatest along with Michael Jordan.

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