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Kobe Bryant passes Moses Malone on scoring list

Posted on: March 8, 2011 9:21 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2011 10:02 pm
 
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has passed Moses Malone on the NBA's all-time scoring list. Posted by Ben Golliver. 

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant continued his ascent up the NBA's all-time scoring list during Tuesday night's game against the Atlanta Hawks, moving past Hall of Fame center Moses Malone into sixth place. 

Bryant entered the game 12 points behind Malone and notched his 11th, 12th and 13th points at the free throw line, after being fouled while shooting a three-pointer with 2:04 remaining in the second quarter. 

Malone scored 27,409 points in 1,329 games during his career. Bryant reached that mark in his 1,086th game, 243 games faster than Malone. 

Bryant began the 2010-2011 NBA season in 12th place on the all-time list. This year he has passed (in order): John Havlicek (26,395), Dominique Wilkins (26,668), Oscar Robertson (26,710), Hakeem Olajuwon (26,946) and Elvin Hayes (27,313). 

The only active player in front of Bryant is Boston Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal, Bryant's former teammate in Los Angeles. O'Neal is currently in fifth place on the list, roughly 1,100 points ahead of Bryant. Given the distance between those two players, it's a virtual certainty that Bryant will conclude this season in sixth place. The next closest active player? Celtics forward Kevin Garnett, who is 22nd all-time.

The top four scorers in NBA history are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387), Karl Malone (36,928), Michael Jordan (32,292) and Wilt Chamberlain (31,419). Back in January , we took a look at Bryant's career scoring trajectory and how it's likely that he will finish his career no lower than third all-time.

The Lakers defeated the Hawks, 101-87, in Atlanta. Bryant finished with 26 points. 
Comments

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2011 11:30 pm
 

Kobe Bryant passes Moses Malone on scoring list

I can't wait until Kobe overtakes that traitor in Boston.  Kobe is the ultimate competitor and probably one of the three best Lakers of all time.  Laker fans rejoice and enjoy getting to watch the true MVP game in and game out.  KB24 is what makes being a Laker fan so enjoyable.



Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2011 11:28 pm
 

Kobe Bryant passes Moses Malone on scoring list

 Say what you want about Kobe, but you might want to focus more on what he has done, than who he has done when he was young and stupid.  Don't even look at the great players he has in front of him for points scored.  Look at the men he has passed and you should be impressed enough!  We are getting to watch one of the best ever, so enjoy it.  To heck with L-jerk, and trying to form a dynasty, Kobe would have never done something that stupid!  I do have to say that if he does pass M.J. I'm, gonna have to cry!  Not like the heat, sincere crying! lol  Kudos to Moses, one hell of a "work man" like career!  The NBA needs more people like you, thank Goodness we got one like you in Kevin Love.



Since: May 20, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2011 11:06 pm
 

Kobe Bryant passes Moses Malone on scoring list

As a Lakers fan I am loving watching Kobe ascend this list but I'm also realistic in thinking Kobe will never top this list.  If he can get to 3rd and pass MJ, I think that is a reachable goal givingf KB's age and mileage on his body.



Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2011 10:27 pm
 

Kobe Bryant passes Moses Malone on scoring list

Oh, and bad week for Moses Malone. First, Kevin Love. Now, Kobe.



Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2011 10:25 pm
 

Kobe Bryant passes Moses Malone on scoring list

You know Kobe's really looking forward to overtaking the current #5 on the list.


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