With a free throw in the second quarter as the Los Angeles Lakers played the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kobe Bryant became the 15th player (and the youngest ever in the 63 year history of the NBA) to reach 25,000 career points.
Kobe is still just 31 years, 151 days old, and got to point 25,000 in 35 fewer days than Wilt Chamberlain, who finished his career with 31,419 points. Yes, that is THE 'Wilt the Stilt,' who once scored 100 points in a game!
This feat capped a day where Bryant was voted into his 12th All-Star game. The day ended badly, however, for the Lakers, who dropped their second game of the season against Lebron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers defeated the Lakers yesterday 93-87 in a tough fought match between the two teams many hope will make it to the NBA finals. The first of the meetings this season was what we called the 'Christmas Day Massacre' where Cleveland bested the Lakers 102-87. Cleveland has the season series despite a weaker record. In a related note, there are trade rumors swirling around Antoine Jamison of the Washington Wizards that say he could possibly be coming to the Cavs. That would all but ensure that Cleveland has the best roster in the Eastern Conference and therefore cement them as the favorite to make it to the Finals.
The favorites are the Kobe Bryant-led Los Angeles Lakers – the defending champs. Tonight they invade Madison Square Garden to play the New York Knicks. Last time Kobe was there he dropped 61 on a toothless Knicks squad.
This season Kobe could jump up even higher on the all-time scoring list. Given the blistering scoring pace he is on, by the end of the season he could be able to eclipse Lakers legend Jerry West (25,192) and former Pacers guard Reggie Miller (25,279).
Of course, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (another Lakers legend and avid tweeter) is still the NBA's career leader with 38,387 points.