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).