About halfway through the Los Angeles Lakers' win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night, Kobe Bryant stepped up to the free-throw line and scored his 32,293rd point in an NBA game, pulling ahead of legendary basketball star Michael Jordan. Bryant is now the No. 3 NBA all-time scorer, behind Karl Malone (36,928) and reigning champ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387).
Jordan congratulated "Kobe on reaching this milestone." Bryant is "obviously a great player, with a strong work ethic and has an equally strong passion for the game of basketball," Jordan said in a statement. "I've enjoyed watching his game evolve over the years, and I look forward to seeing what he accomplishes next." The Timberwolves stopped the game to acknowledge the moment, too, and give Bryant the game ball and a rousing ovation.
"It was different," Bryant said after the game. "I'm so used to being the villain all the time on the road it took a minute to kind of adjust. It felt good to be appreciated like that." Watch the basket and the moment below. --Peter Weber