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Kobe Bryant Needs 49 Points To Reach 28,000 In His Career

Kobe Bryant is closing in on another scoring milestone, though he would need quite an effort on Thursday night as the Los Angeles Lakers host the New York Knicks to reach his latest feat. Bryant needs 49 points to reach 28,000 in his career.

Bryant has been the youngest player in NBA history to reach 23,000, 24,000, 25,000, 26,000, and 27,000 points, and would be the youngest to reach 28,000 as well. Kobe is 33 years, 128 days old on Thursday, over a year younger than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who was 34 years, 363 days old when he reached the milestone in 1982.

There are only five players in league history to score 28,000 points.

Fastest To 28,000 Points in NBA History
Rank Player Games to 28,000 Total Points
1 Wilt Chamberlain 825 31,419
2 Michael Jordan 886 32,292
3 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1,008 38,387
4 Karl Malone 1,070 36,928
5 Shaquille O`Neal 1,154 28,596

Bryant currently has 27,951 points through 1,106 games in his career. His season high in points last year was 42, and Bryant hasn't scored 49 points in a game since March 1, 2009 in Phoenix.

Thursday's 7:30 p.m. PST game will be televised by TNT. For more Lakers news and information, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.