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Lakers Vs. Kings: Kobe Bryant Passes Olajuwon For 8th On NBA Scoring List

With a breakaway slam dunk at 3:29 remaining in the first quarter, Kobe Bryant scored his 13th point of the night, passing Hakeem Olajuwon for eighth place on the all-time NBA scoring list. Bryant scored a total of 21 points in the first quarter, playing all 12 minutes, as the Los Angeles Lakers lead the Sacramento Kings 33-30 after the first quarter. Bryant, through one quarter tonight, has 26,955 points in his career.

Bryant began the season in 12th place on the all-time list, but has passed four legends this season. Kobe passed former Celtic John Havlicek on December 10, passed Dominique Wilkins on January 4, and passed Oscar Robertson on January 7:

NBA All-Time Scoring List
Rank Player Points Avg
6 Moses Malone 27,409 20.6
7 Elvin Hayes 27,313 21.0
8 Kobe Bryant 26,955 25.2
9 Hakeem Olajuwon 26,946 21.8
10 Oscar Robertson 26,710 25.7
11 Dominique Wilkins   
26,668 24.8
12 John Havlicek
26,395 20.8

DaMarcus Cousins scored 12 to lead Sacramento, while Omri Casspri added 10 for the Kings. The Lakers have beaten the Kings eight straight times, and six straight at Staples Center.

For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.