Kobe 12 Points from Moses Malone

Another week in L.A.’s 2010-11 season, and another legend who’s about to be surpassed by Kobe Bryant.

With 12 points against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday evening, Bryant will tie Moses Malone for sixth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with 27,409 points, continuing his astounding climb up the historical stat ladder.

This year alone, Bryant has already shot his way past Hall-of-Famers Elvin Hayes (27,313) on 2/27 at Oklahoma City, Hakeem Olajuwon (26,946) on 1/28 vs. Sacramento, Oscar Robertson (26,710) on 1/7 vs. New Orleans, Dominique Wilkins (26,668) on 1/4 vs. Detroit and John Havlicek (26,395) on 12/10 at Chicago.

There are only five players left for Bryant to catch: Shaquille O’Neal (5th/28,590); Wilt Chamberlain (4th/31,419); Michael Jordan (3rd/32,292); Karl Malone (36,928); and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387).

Not bad.