Monday, February 1, 2010
Updated: February 2, 11:46 AM ET
Kobe becomes Lakers top scorer
ESPN.com news services
Kobe has covered the Logo.
Needing 29 points to become the all-time leading scorer in Los Angeles Lakers history, Kobe Bryant scored on a breakaway dunk with 4:14 left in the third quarter Monday night to pass Jerry West.
West scored 25,192 points in his 14-year career, all of which was spent with the Lakers. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1980.
Bryant, in his 14th season, missed his first three shots in the game, but scored 23 points in the first half. He finished with 44 on 16-of-28 shooting, but the Lakers fell to the Grizzlies 95 -93. Bryant had the ball in his hands in the final seconds but passed to Ron Artest for a last-second 3-pointer. It clanged off the rim and Bryant left the floor shaking his head.
Bryant moved within a point of West's mark on a dunk with 4:37 left in the third. He passed West 23 seconds later.
There was a scramble for the ball on the Grizzlies end. Jordan Farmar gathered the loose ball and was alone with Bryant on the break. Farmar gave up the ball to Bryant for the dunk.
West's silhouette is used in the NBA logo, earning him the nickname.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.