Evans Clinchy
Tuesday February 7th, 2012

Going into tonight's game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Kobe Bryant of the L.A. Lakers needed 24 points to overtake Shaquille O'Neal and move into fifth place on the NBA's all-time scoring list. No easy task.

But as it turns out, Kobe got to 24 in the first half.

By knocking down a deep 23-footer with 5:08 left in the first half in Philly, Bryant gave the Lakers a 40-35 lead. But more importantly, he arrived at 28,597 total points for his career, leaving Shaq and his 28,596 in the dust. Bryant now trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain on the league's all-time list.

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