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Kobe Bryant joins illustrious 33,000 point club despite loss to Kings

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With the Los Angeles Lakers enduring a difficult 2015-16 season, Kobe Bryant's farewell tour is set to include a lot more defeats than victories.

Bryant may have been on the wrong side of another loss last night against the Sacramento Kings, but the soon-to-be-retiring Lakers star made a little bit of history on Thursday night nevertheless.

Good company

In shooting 28 points at the Sleep Train Arena, the Black Mamba took his career total over the 33,000 point mark - a feat only two other plays have achieved in the history of the NBA.

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Kobe now sits in the company of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone in surpassing 33,000 total points scored, giving the top-three a distinctive Lakers flavor.

Quite appropriately, the shot that took Bryant into the exclusive group came on an impressive spin move, fadeaway jumper - a shot the 37-year-old has mastered over the past 20 years in the league.

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You can see the shot for yourself at around the 1.18 mark in the video below, as well as a vintage Bryant alley-oop dunk that was part of his 28-point haul vs the Kings.

Third spot

While Kobe now shares an honor with both Kareem and Malone, neither of the Hall-of-Famers should be too worried about losing their positions as the top-two in the all-time list.

Bryant may now have 30,010 career points, but he is still over 3,000 points behind the Mailman and has 5,000 less than Abdul-Jabbar.

Los Angeles Lakers

With only 45 games left to go in the Lakers' regular season, not even Kobe can find a way to score that many points.

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