Kobe Bryant picked up a record he will be proud of on Tuesday night after last week’s infamous most missed shots title, as the Lakers star became the fourth player in NBA history to score 32,000 career points.
The shooting guard joined the legendary list of stars who have also achieved the remarkable feat after netting a turnaround and-one jumper at the end of Los Angeles Lakers 114-109 victory over Atlanta Hawks.
Despite the 36-year-old’s personal achievement, the Lakers are still stuck in a horrific run of form. The Los Angeles outfit have a 2-9 season record and are bottom of the Western Pacific Conference.
For once, Bryant had a good day on the court against his own sky-high standards, according to cbssports.com. Tuesday’s performance was one of his most efficient, scoring 28 points on 10 of 18 efforts from the field.
According to the stats men, it was the first time this season the superstar had shot above 45 percent in a game.
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Bryant jumped to 32,001 points by the final buzzer last night, but still has a long way to go if he is to score the most points of all-time NBA history.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar leads the most points list with a staggering 38,387 and Bryant’s former teammate Karl Malone is second with 36,928, according to ESPN.go.com.
However, Bryant will have third-place Michael Jordan in his sights. The former Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards star is just 291 points ahead of the Lakers’ shooting guard. Assuming Bryant stays fit he is likely to overtake Jordan towards the end of this season, but realistically Malone and Abdul-Jabbar might just be out of his grasp.
The next active player on the all-time points list is Dallas Maverick’s Dirk Nowitzki, who recently became the highest all-time scoring overseas player in NBA history. Nowitzki, 36, sits ninth on the all-time list with 27,002 points.