As expected tonight, Kobe Bryant scored the 8 points he needed to pass Michael Jordan for 3rd on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
Though the milestone didn’t happen at home, it did happen in poetic fashion at the free throw line. Kobe’s first points in the league were from the free throw line and tonight, he sinked the first free throw to tie MJ and another one to pass him.
In a classy move, the Timberwolves paused the game for a couple of minutes as the fans in attendance applauded, teammates and opponents gave him dap, and Wolves owner Glen Taylor presented Kobe with the record-breaking game ball. Watch it all above.
The Lakers went on to win 100-94 with Kobe leading the Lakers with 26 points.
Michael Jordan issued a gracious statement as well, as follows:
Now, I’ve grown to be a fan of Kobe, but is Kobe vs. MJ really a debate? To quell anyone pro-Kobe in the wake of tonight’s milestone, here’s a comeback stat.
That said, this is quite the accomplishment for Kobe Bryant that on its own right is one to be acknowledged, not disparaged. #Salute to the Mamba!
Lastly, in a creative marketing move by Nike, you can also cop and customize the new Nike Kobe IX “Mamba Moment” (released just a moment after the free throw).
Nobody in the world can guard me one on one.
– Nick Young, to Kobe Bryant yesterday.
Moments ago, Swaggy P backed it up with this bail out go ahead 3 in San Antonio to propel the Lakers ahead for good 112-110 for an entertaining overtime win. Swaggy had 29 on a night where Kobe Bryant fell short by 8 points of passing Michael Jordan for 3rd on the all-time scoring list. Kobe was dishing dimes though (6 in the 4th and OT) and the Spurs locked him up pretty good down the stretch too. Still, one of the most entertaining games of the night went down to the wire.
Earlier in the game…
Here’s Swaggy P’s post-game interview. Just as good.
Also memorable: another Pop interview…
This deserves a “Caption This.” My attempt:
Kobe: “You should feature Carlos Boozer on your next album. He raps, he yells. It’ll be great.”
Just one of 2 pieces of unintentional comedy at the end of the Lakers’ overtime win over the Raptors last night. Rick Fox didn’t realize his mic was still on at the end of regulation and this was the hilarious result:
As for actual basketball highlights… How about Kobe takin’ the young’n Terrence Ross to school for the and-1 fade? Just part of the Mamba’s triple double.
With 12 games on the docket last night, I’ll focus on the one with the most highlights: Lakers vs. Warriors.
Kobe was Kobe last night, as @netw3rk puts it perfectly:
This, of course, came in a losing effort as Kobe ended up with 28 points in a 104-127 loss.
His shooting guard counterpart, Klay Thompson poured in a career high 41 points on impressive efficiency (14-18 shooting), and the other Splash Brother, Stephen Curry added 31 points and 10 assists. Some of their highlights, and another ridiculous shot from Kobe, are below.