Kobe Bryant passes Michael Jordan on NBA's all-time scoring list

Kobe Bryant passes Michael Jordan on NBA's all-time scoring list
Guard Kobe Bryant is congratulated by Lakers teammates Jordan Hill and Ronnie Price after passing Michael Jordan for third place on the NBA all-time scoring list. (Hannah Foslien / Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan (32,292) on the NBA's all-time career scoring list.

With 5:24 left in the second quarter, Bryant scored his 32,293rd career point when he converted a pair of free throws, putting the Lakers ahead, 38-32, over the Timberwolves in Minnesota.

Bryant moved up to third place, behind former Lakers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Karl Malone (36,928).

"I congratulate Kobe on reaching this milestone," Jordan told the Associated Press. "He's obviously a great player, with a strong work ethic and has an equally strong passion for the game of basketball. I've enjoyed watching his game evolve over the years, and I look forward to seeing what he accomplishes next."

Abdul-Jabbar won five championships with the Lakers and six over his career.

Malone was a Laker just for a season.  Bryant recently said that his former teammate should be associated with the team he went into the Hall of Fame with, which was the Utah Jazz.

"Just because he was a Laker for one year, doesn't make him a Laker," said Coach Byron Scott earlier in the week.

Bryant won't catch Malone for some time, if at all, given he's under contract just for this season and next.  If Bryant plays beyond the 2015-16 season, he'll have a real shot to finish second overall, and even catch Abdul-Jabbar.

The All-Star guard is in his 19th season, averaging 25.4 points a game this season, heading into Sunday's game against the Timberwolves.

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