Kobe breaks West's playoff mark

Updated: April 23, 2010, 12:07 PM ET
ESPNLosAngeles.com

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Kobe Bryant broke the Los Angeles Lakers' career record for scoring in the playoffs that was previously held by Jerry West.

Bryant surpassed West's mark of 4,457 postseason points with a fadeaway 16-foot jumper from the left side just over 3 minutes into the second half of Game 3 against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night. That also moved him into fifth place in NBA history.

He entered needing only 16 points to match West's mark. Bryant ended the night with 24 points, which weren't enough to help the Lakers past the Thunder. Oklahoma City beat Los Angeles 101-96 to cut the Lakers' series lead to 2-1.

Earlier this season, Bryant passed West's record for most career points during the regular season by a Lakers player.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.