Kobe Bryant surpassed another legend on the NBA All-Time Scoring list on Tuesday (March 8), to put him at #6 above retired great, Moses Malone.
The Lakers star went into Tuesday’s night game, against the Atlanta Hawks, 12 points shy of Malone’s 27,409 points, easily surpassing the mark with 26 points before the game was over and the Lakers took the win.
When asked about the accomplishment after the game, Kobe said: “It feels good. I’m just very fortunate, that’s all.”
The NBA superstar passed Malone when he made three free throws with 2:05 remaining in the first half.
Kobe is currently sixth in the league this season in scoring, averaging 25.1 points per game, and has marched through a long list of legends throughout the current season, moving from #12 to #6.
He passed John Havlicek, Dominique Wilkins, Oscar Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon, Elvin Hayes and now Malone.
Next up on Kobe’s list is Shaquille O’Neal, Bryant’s former teammate who he won three championships. Shaq Daddy sits at #5 on the all-time scoring list with 28,590 points as of Tuesday and is the only active player with more career points than Bryant.
At #4 is Wilt Chamberlain with 31,419; Michael Jordan is at #3 with 32,292; Karl Malone is at #2 with 36,928; and the all-time scorer in NBA history is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with 38,387.