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MINNEAPOLIS -- Kobe Bryant surpassed Michael Jordan on the NBA's all-time scoring list Sunday and moved into third place behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone.
The Los Angeles Lakers star, now in his 19th season, passed the Chicago Bulls legend (32,292 points) and the player to whom he has long been compared with a free throw in the second quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center.
Bryant, 36, entered the game eight points shy of Jordan's mark. He now trails only Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Malone (36,92
in career NBA points.
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Vincent LaForet/AFP/Getty ImagesKobe Bryant, left, scored his 32,293rd point Sunday night, passing Michael Jordan for third place on the NBA's career scoring list.
For Bryant, the milestone is no small feat, as he forged his Hall of Fame career in Jordan's shadow, with every achievement measured against his idol, almost since the day Bryant entered the league in 1996 at the age of 18.
"I congratulate Kobe on reaching this milestone," Jordan told the Associated Press in a statement. "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."
Phil Jackson coached both players in the NBA. he won six titles with Jordan's Bulls and five with Bryant's Lakers, and he wrote in his book "Eleven Rings" that Bryant was "hell-bent on surpassing Jordan as the greatest player in the game."
Bryant disputes Jackson's claim and has downplayed topping Jordan's scoring total for weeks. "It's really not a big deal to say I passed him for something like that," Bryant said. "It's a great accomplishment, but the true beauty is in the journey."
To commemorate the moment, Nike, which sponsors both athletes, put a special edition "Mamba Moment" shoe on sale online for $245.
LeBron James, who grew up admiring Bryant, was one of many who took to Twitter to congratulate the future Hall of Famer.