LeBron James passes Kobe Bryant for third place on NBA's all-time scoring list

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James passes Kobe Bryant for third place on NBA's all-time scoring list

1/26/2020 6:20:00 AM

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James passes Kobe Bryant for third place on NBA's all-time scoring list

With a driving third-quarter lay-up, LeBron James passed Kobe Bryant on the career scoring list in Bryant's hometown of Philadelphia.

USA TODAYPHILADELPHIA — The symmetry made the moment — LeBron James passing Kobe Bryant for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list — even more special.It is classic NBA rivalry that goes back decades and involves some of the league’s greatest and most revered players — the Los Angeles Lakers against the Philadelphia 76ers — and the game Saturday was played in Philadelphia, Bryant’s hometown.

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And with 7:23 in the third quarter, James' driving layup gave him 33,644 points and pushed him ahead of Bryant (33,643) for No. 3 on the scoring list, behind just Karl Malone (36,928) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387).The Sixers called timeout to acknowledge the moment, and James received a standing ovation from fans.

And there was brotherly love with Bryant. Last week,Bryant told USA TODAY Sports,"I don't know if people want that or want to have this kind of contentious thing where you don't want records to be broken or people there to surpass you. You should be happy for the person that comes after you to be able to surpass things that you've done. It's kind of juvenile to think or to behave any other way."

All week, the Lakers downplayed the milestone, and Lakers coach Frank Vogel had considered what the moment might be like."A little bit just because I know there’s a buzz around it," Vogel said."But really, so much goes into preparing for an NBA game, my focus is really on trying to get a win tonight."

For James’ part, he’snot interested in individual accolades, at least not while he’s still an active player. He has promised reporters he will meet with them after his career to discuss individual accomplishments."As far as looking at the scoring, that doesn’t mean much to me," James said after the Lakers beat Brooklyn on Thursday."The overall point of my game is what means more to me, me being able to be an all-around player to be successful on the floor and to be able to contribute to the three franchises that I’ve played with so far in my career.

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