LeBron James moves past Lakers legend Kobe Bryant for 3rd spot on scoring list
Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James has done it.
The King has officially passed Lakers legend Kobe Bryant for third on the all-time scoring list on Saturday in their showdown against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Needing just 18 points to surpass Kobe’s 33,643 points entering play, LeBron achieved the mark in the third quarter of the game.
🚨 3rd in NBA history! 🚨
— NBA (@NBA) January 26, 2020
Here’s the exact moment LeBron passed Kobe:
The moment LeBron passed Kobe for No. 3 on the NBA all-time scoring list 👑🎥 pic.twitter.com/Sdv1aSquP0
— ESPN (@espn) January 26, 2020
LeBron has already been expected to break Kobe’s scoring feat in the Lakers’ road trip, and he did not disappoint. He is now just behind Karl Malone (36,928) and Kareem Abdul –Jabbar (38,387) in the scoring list.
To recall, Kobe previously called for the city of LA to embrace LeBron as he nears breaking his record. The Black Mamba also cited that LBJ is already part of the brotherhood and should be celebrated.
Moreover, Bryant said that he will certainly give LeBron a call once he surpasses him on the NBA scoring list.
LeBron James has been a dominant force in the NBA since entering the league as a teenager in 2003. He has undoubtedly proven that the hype surrounding him is not without merit, having won several individual and team accolades in 17 seasons in the league.
Entering Saturday’s game, LeBron is averaging 25.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, a career-best 10.8 assists, and 1.3 steal per game. He is also shooting particularly well, registering a 49.4 percent shooting clip overall, 34.6 percent from deep and 69.7 percent from the free-throw line.
With LeBron leading the way, the Lakers are currently atop the Western Conference standings with a comfortable cushion over the second-seeded Utah Jazz.