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Kobe Bryant passes Michael Jordan - now 3rd in NBA all-time scoring list

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Kobe Bryant has tonight moved into third spot in the NBA all-time scoring list, bypassing Michael Jordan and his 32,292 points in the process.

Moving on up

Ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers' Sunday night match up against the Minnesota Timberwolves Bryant needed just nine points to ascend into third spot and it took until mid way through the second quarter for the Lakers man to make history - moving past Jordan with a couple of free throws.

At time of writing Kobe Bryant has 9 points on the night, taking him to a truly staggering 32,293 points in his NBA career to date.

Proud moment

Moving ahead of the G.O.A.T in Michael Jordan will undoubtedly give Bryant some satisfaction, although he has been at pains this season to distance himself from such records.

Regardless of his outward persona though, to know that only two players in the entire history of the NBA have now scored more points that him is something that an ever-competitive Kobe will take great pleasure in. Especially when Michael Jordan, a man with whom he is constantly compared, is the man he just moved past in the all-time list.

The NBA showed their thanks to Kobe as he passed Jordan on the list - stopping the game after Kobe's free throws to hand him a commemorative game ball. Bryant received congratulations from both Lakers teammates and Timberwolves opponents, as well as an extended hug with head coach and former teammate Byron Scott.

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Third and out?

Kobe may well be on impressive scoring form in 2014-15 but there is little to no chance the Lakers superstar gets beyond third spot.

With Karl Malone (36,928 points) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points) in second and first spot respectively, Kobe would have to go on for several more seasons just to get in touching distance of the two greats.

That of course does not look likely. Aged 36 and with injury worries never too far away there is already speculation that Bryant will step away from the game when his current contract expires in 2016.

Regardless it is a big night for Kobe Bryant and Lakers fans. Jordan fans though will remind their rivals that MJ reached his total in just 15 seasons compared to Kobe's 19.

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