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Kobe Bryant becomes the NBA's fourth all-time leading scorer

March 30, 2013|By Eric Pincus
  • Lakers guard Kobe Bryant pulls up for a jumper over Kings forward John Salmons in the first half Saturday night in Sacramento.
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant pulls up for a jumper over Kings forward John Salmons… (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated…)

Kobe Bryant eclipsed Wilt Chamberlain on Saturday night, becoming the NBA's fourth-highest career scorer.

Bryant's jump shot with 7:45 left in the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings put him at 31,421 total points for his career. Chamberlain finished his career with 31,419.

Bryant tied Chamberlain 22 seconds earlier with a driving lay-up.

Next on the list for Bryant is Michael Jordan's 32,292 points.  Karl Malone is second on the list at 36,928.

The NBA's all-time leading scorer remains Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with 38,387.

Three of the top five scorers played significant time with the Lakers - four if Malone's lone year with the team is taken into account.

Heading into Saturday's battle against the Kings, Bryant has averaged 27.2 points a game on 46.7% shooting.  The Lakers All-Star guard is in his 17th season at the age of 34.

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Email Eric Pincus at eric.pincus@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @EricPincus.

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