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    BY THE NUMBERS: A look back at the legendary career of Kobe Bryant

    Apr 12, 2016
    The numbers prove further that there's no NBA legend quite like Kobe Bryant. AP

    FIVE-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers plays the final game of his 20-year career on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time), when he leads the Lakers against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center.

    Before the Black Mamba ends his farewell tour, take a look back at the the facts and figures about Bryant’s historic career that further cements his place among the league's greatest legends.

    Kobe Bryant by the Numbers:

    • 48,527: Minutes played through April 7, 2016, the sixth most in NBA history
    • 33,521: Career points, third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Karl Malone (36,928)
    • 5,640: Points scored in the NBA playoffs, third most in NBA history behind Michael Jordan (5,987) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5,762)
    • 81: Points in a 122-104 victory against the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 22, 2006, the second-highest total in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game in 1962 
    • 50: Twenty-four career 50-point games, third most in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain (118) and Michael Jordan (31)
    • 37: This season he became the first player age 37 or older to score at least 25 points in three straight games since Michael Jordan at 40 in 2003
    • 24: Jersey number beginning in the 2006-07 season after switching from No. 8
    • 20: Seasons with the Lakers, the most by a player with one team in NBA history
    • 18: Consecutive All-Star Game selections (the longest streak in NBA history) and All-Star Game selections overall (the second most all time behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 19)
    • 16: Appearances on Christmas Day, the most in NBA history
    • 15: All-Star Game starts, the most in NBA history
    • 13: Overall selection by the Charlotte Hornets in the 1996 NBA Draft
    • 11: All-NBA First Team selections, tied with Karl Malone for the most in NBA history
    • 9: NBA All-Defensive First Team selections, tied with Kevin Garnett, Michael Jordan and Gary Payton for the most in NBA history
    • 5: NBA championships, tied with Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs for the highest total among active players
    • 4: All-Star MVP Awards (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011), tied with Bob Pettit for the most in NBA history                                                                                                                   
    • 2: Finals MVP Awards (2009, 2010)
    • 1: Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award (2008)
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    The numbers prove further that there's no NBA legend quite like Kobe Bryant. AP
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