LeBron now 3rd on scor­ing list

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SCOREBOARD -

PHILADEL­PHIA — With a trib­ute to Kobe Bryant writ­ten on his Nikes, LeBron James moved past the re­tired Lak­ers great for third place on the NBA’s ca­reer scor­ing list, scor­ing 29 points in the team’s 108-91 loss to the 76ers on Satur­day night.

James scrib­bled “Mamba 4 Life” as he chased Bryant, the five-time cham­pion, in Philly. James scored the mile­stone bas­ket with 7:23 left in the third quar­ter. James en­tered 18 points shy of pass­ing Bryant, and the layup gave him 33,644 points. James stands third with 33,655. Bryant fin­ished his ca­reer with 33,643, all with the Lak­ers.

“Con­tin­u­ing to move the game for­ward (at)KingJames. Much re­spect my brother (hash)33644,” Bryant tweeted.

James waved to the Philadel­phia crowd that gave him a rous­ing stand­ing ova­tion when the mark was an­nounced by the public ad­dress an­nouncer. The 76ers also posted a graphic of the NBA’s top 10 ca­reer scor­ers with im­ages of James in Lak­ers and Heat jer­seys.

The 35-year-old James en­tered av­er­ag­ing at least 25 points (25.2 ppg) for the 16th straight sea­son and has played 44 games this sea­son. Ka­reem Ab­dul-Jab­bar is the NBA’s ca­reer scor­ing leader with 38,387 points and Karl Malone is sec­ond at 36,928. James is on pace to pass Ab­dul-Jab­bar in about three sea­sons.

The top four scor­ers in NBA his­tory played for the Lak­ers.

James passed Bryant in Philadel­phia, where the re­tired Lak­ers star was born.

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