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Lakers Kobe Bryant surpasses 32,000 career points

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant in Tuesday’s 114-109 win over the Atlanta Hawks became just the fourth player in NBA history to score 32,000 career points, according to Baxter Holmes of ESPNLosAngeles.com.

The 36-year-old reached the feat on a turnaround fadeaway-and-one jumper with 1:10 left in the fourth quarter that gave the Lakers a 108-102 lead. It was a game that Bryant had his most efficient shooting performance of the season scoring 28 points on 10-18 shooting, which marked the first time through the first 11 games that he has shot over 45 percent in a single game.

“Well, it means a lot,” Bryant said. “I can’t stress how much work it is just to be in this position, to be able to get out there and play. It’s a lot of work, man. And over 19 years, that’s really where I take enjoyment from it, is the process. It’s a lot of work over 19 years. It feels good to be able to have that accomplishment.”

Bryant is fourth fast to reach the mark at 1,256 games played behind Michael Jordan (1,059), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,194), and Karl Malone (1,235). The 16-time All-Star also stands behind these three players for the all-time top scorers in the league’s history.

He now lies just 291 points behind Jordan (32,292) for third all-time, and when asked if he was aiming to pass the player that many have compared him to over his career, the 19-year veteran was quick to point out that isn’t that case.

“There’s always something. Especially with me. First it’s, I can’t come back and play. Now I’m playing and now it’s, well, I’m not playing well enough. Well, you just said that I’d be in a wheelchair and I wouldn’t be able to play at all. So there’s always something. I don’t even waste my time trying to shut people up.”

At Bryant’s current pace he will pass Jordan sometime in December, and would have to play several more seasons to pass Malone (36,928), and Abdul-Jabbar (38,387). Nonetheless, he has looked quite impressive through the first 11 games of the season averaging a league-best 27.4 points per game, especially after coming off two serious knee injuries.

Watch below Bryant reach the historic feat:

Photo Credit:  Christopher Johnson / Wikimedia Commons

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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarciaivsports.
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