Kobe Passes Mailman, Ranks 4th in Playoff Points

60562432When Kobe Bryant nailed a three-pointer at the 2:04 mark of the second period in Tuesday’s Game 4 in Phoenix, one of his six in the game, he surpassed Karl Malone (4,761) for fourth on the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list.

His 38-point game upped his total to 4,785 points, thanks to 28.9 points per game in the 2010 postseason and over 30 points per game in both the 2008 and 2009 playoffs.

Bryant had already passed fellow Laker Jerry West (4,457) for first on the Lakers’ all-time playoff scoring chart and 5th in the NBA on April 22 at Oklahoma City, and passed Larry Bird (3,897), John Havlicek (3,776), Hakeem Olajuwon (3,755) and Magic Johnson (3,701) in last season’s title run.

Only three players remain on the list ahead of Bryant: Shaquille O’Neal (5,248); Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5,762); and Michael Jordan (5,987).