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.