News ID: 264871
Published: 1046 GMT January 26, 2020

LeBron surpasses Bryant in NBA's all-time scoring list

LeBron surpasses Bryant in NBA's all-time scoring list

Lakers’ LeBron James (23) goes for a basket against the 76ers during an NBA game at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA, US, on January 25, 2020.

LeBron James surpassed Kobe Bryant to become the NBA's third-highest scorer of all time in the LA Lakers' 108-91 defeat by the Philadelphia 76ers.

James, 35, scored 29 points to move to 33,655 career points, 12 more than former Lakers star Bryant, BBC Sport reported.

Kareem Abdul Jabbar, the ex-Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks center, is the NBA's all-time top scorer on 38,387 points.

Former Utah Jazz forward Karl Malone, who also briefly played for the Lakers, is second on 36,928.

"I'm happy just to be in any conversation with Kobe Bryant," said James.

"One of the all-time greatest basketball players to ever play, one of the all-time greatest Lakers.

"The man's got two jerseys hanging up in Staples Center. It's just crazy."

James, in his 17th NBA season, received a standing ovation from the Philadelphia crowd after scoring the basket that saw him pass Bryant's total in the third quarter.

Bryant tweeted, "Continuing to move the game forward. Much respect my brother."

Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons scored 29 and 28 points respectively to lead the Sixers to victory.


Top 10 all-time NBA scorers


  1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – 38,387pts
  2. Karl Malone – 36,928
  3. LeBron James – 33,655
  4. Kobe Bryant – 33,643
  5. Michael Jordan – 32,292
  6. Dirk Nowitzki – 31,560
  7. Wilt Chamberlain – 31,419
  8. Shaquille O'Neal – 28,596
  9. Moses Malone – 27,409
  10. Elvin Hayes – 27,313





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