Los Angeles Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant opened Monday night’s contest against the Philadelphia 76ers 23 points behind Shaquille O’Neal for fifth place on the NBA’s career scoring list. It only took him one half to pass his former teammate.
Bryant nailed a long jumper to give him 24 points on the night and move him ahead of O’Neal into fifth place on the all-time scoring list. It is fitting that he accomplished the feat in Philadelphia, since he went to Lower Merion High School just outside of the city.
Bryant was booed by the crowd during pregame introductions and throughout the game. Philly fans booing someone? You don’t say.
O’Neal retired after the 2010-11 season with 28,596 points. Bryant now has 28,601 after scoring 28 points in tonight’s 95-90 loss to the 76ers. Next on the list is Wilt Chamberlain, who occupies fourth place at 31,419 points.
Bryant has looked fantastic this season so far, even with a torn ligament in his right wrist. His averages in scoring, rebounding, assists, and minutes are all up from last season and he looks more dangerous than he has in few years.
At this rate it wouldn’t be surprising if he hangs on for a few more years and catches Chamberlain.