Kobe Bryant passes Elvin Hayes
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant made a running bank shot with 5:56 remaining in the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder to move him past Elvin Hayes for seventh place on the NBA's all-time scoring list.
Bryant came in to Sunday's game with 27,303, and only needed 11 to surpass Hayes' 27,313. Next on the list is Moses Malone with 27,409 points.
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Bryant has been complimentary of each player he has passed on the list this season while also admitting his focus isn't on total points but championships.
"I don't know, we'll see what happens," Bryant said earlier this year when asked how high he will go on the all-time scoring list. "The ladder I'm more focused on climbing is Bill Russell's ladder, so we'll see."
Russell, the Boston Celtics' Hall of Fame center, won 11 NBA championships during his career. Bryant currently has won five titles.
Arash Markazi is a reporter and columnist for ESPNLosAngeles.com.