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Bryant still way short of NBA's top scoring honor


Kobe Bryant became the youngest player in NBA history to score 24,000 points Friday night. He passed Allen Iverson for 16th on the league's all-time scoring list.

Bryant now has a total of 24,027 points during his 14-year career.

Still, he's 14,360 points behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the all-time record of 38,387.

Abdul-Jabbar accomplished his feat over a 20-year career. He retired at 42.

Bryant is 31 and might have to play until he's 40-something to surpass Abdul-Jabbar to be the NBA's scoring king.

"The question is, do I want to play until I'm 40?" Bryant said after practice Saturday. "That's the question."

-- Broderick Turner

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant drives around Memphis' Sam Young during Friday night's game. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

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