Trending: LeBron James passes Kobe Bryant on NBA all-time scoring list

LeBron James passes Kobe Bryant on NBA career scoring list in Lakers loss
LeBron James passes Kobe Bryant on NBA career scoring list in Lakers loss.

The symmetry made the moment — LeBron James passing Kobe Bryant for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list — even more special.

It is classic NBA rivalry that goes back decades and involves some of the league’s greatest and most revered players — the Los Angeles Lakers against the Philadelphia 76ers — and the game Saturday was played in Philadelphia, Bryant’s hometown.

Lakers forward LeBron James acknowledges the fans’ ovation after passing Kobe Bryant for No. 3 on the NBA’s all-time scoring list during a game Jan. 25, 2020, in Philadelphia.
Lakers forward LeBron James acknowledges the fans’ ovation after passing Kobe Bryant for No. 3 on the NBA’s all-time scoring list Saturday in Philadelphia.

And with 7:23 in the third quarter, James’ driving layup gave him 33,644 points and pushed him ahead of Bryant (33,643) for No. 3 on the scoring list, behind just Karl Malone (36,928) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387).

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The Sixers called timeout to acknowledge the moment, and James received a standing ovation from fans.

And there was brotherly love with Bryant. Last week, Bryant told USA TODAY Sports, “I don’t know if people want that or want to have this kind of contentious thing where you don’t want records to be broken or people there to surpass you. You should be happy for the person that comes after you to be able to surpass things that you’ve done. It’s kind of juvenile to think or to behave any other way.”

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