'It's just crazy': LeBron James surpasses Kobe Bryant for third place in NBA's all-time scorers list
James hit a third-period layup to take his career total to 33,644 points, one ahead of Bryant, as he moved into the rarified air of the NBA's all-time top three points scorers.
Despite Los Angeles Lakers star James' achievement coming on the Philadelphia 76ers' home court, the Sixers' fans paid tribute to James with a standing ovation for reaching his milestone.
By the end of the game, the Sixers fans were still in celebratory mood, with their team having defeated the Lakers 108-91.Also on rt.com The decade’s biggest-earning sports stars revealed – but who tops the list?
But despite the result, all the talk post-game was about James and his new points total.
"I'm happy just to be in any conversation with Kobe Bryant," he said after the game.
"One of the all-time greatest basketball players to ever play, one of the all-time greatest Lakers. The man got two jerseys hanging up in Staples Center. It's just crazy."
James now has to find more than 3,000 more points to reach the second spot on the list, with Utah Jazz legend Karl Malone occupying that position on 36,928 points. The top spot is held by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, with 38,387 points.Also on rt.com 'I’m not at the end of my story': NBA star LeBron James plans to play until he 'can't walk no more'
NBA ALL-TIME TOP SCORERS: THE TOP 10
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - 38,387
- Karl Malone - 36,928
- LeBron James - 33,655
- Kobe Bryant - 33,643
- Michael Jordan - 32,292
- Dirk Nowitzki - 31,560
- Wilt Chamberlain - 31,419
- Shaquille O'Neal - 28,596
- Moses Malone - 27,409
- Elvin Hayes - 27,313