Earlier this season, Kobe Bryant surpassed Jerry West to become the franchise’s all-time leading scorer.
During Thursday evening’s loss to the Thunder, Bryant also passed West’s playoff scoring record of 4,457 points when he sank a 16-foot jump shot early in the third quarter.
Bryant became the fifth leading scorer in the history of the playoffs in the process. This after he passed Larry Bird (3,897) for 6th, John Havlicek (3,776) for 7th, Hakeem Olajuwon (3,755) for 8th and Magic Johnson (3,701) for 9th the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list last season. Next up for Kobe is Karl Malone (4th/4,761).
One other note: Among all players with 2,500+ postseason points, only Michael Jordan (33.4), Jerry West (29.1), Elgin Baylor (27.0), Hakeem Olajuwon (25.9) and Shaquille O’Neal (25.2) have a higher postseason scoring average than Bryant (25.1).