LeBron now 3rd on scoring list
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.