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Lakers Vs. Clippers: Kobe Bryant Closing In On Elvin Hayes For 7th On NBA All-Time Scoring List

The Los Angeles Lakers look for their third straight win tonight, facing their Staples Center co-tenants the Los Angeles Clippers. Kobe Bryant scored 37 points in the Lakers' win Wednesday night in Portland, and with a similar game tonight could set another scoring milestone. Bryant is 34 points shy of Elvin Hayes for seventh place on the NBA all-time scoring list.

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, passed Oscar Robertson on January 7, and passed Hakeem Olajuwon on January 28:

NBA All-Time Scoring List
Rank Player Points Avg
1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar   38,387 24.6
2 Karl Malone 36,928 25.0
3 Michael Jordan 32,292 30.12
4 Wilt Chamberlain 31,419 30.07
5 Shaquille O'Neal 28,590 23.7
6 Moses Malone 27,409 20.6
7 Elvin Hayes 27,313 21.0
8 Kobe Bryant 27,279 25.3
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

Kobe has scored 34 or more points six times this season, and the Lakers are 2-4 in those games. For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll and Clips Nation.