Heading into tonight’s Lakers-Sixers game in Philadelphia, LeBron needed 18 points to pass Kobe Bryant for third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Considering how well he’s played this year and the stakes of the game, it was a likely bet he’d do it, and early in the third quarter that’s exactly what happened.

That’s a fitting way for LeBron to do it, too, a trademark brute strength drive into space for an easy layup. He has a variety of moves that are essentially unstoppable if he gets to the right spot, and that’s certainly one of them. James now trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone.

In a fun moment, the Philadelphia crowd offered James a standing ovation, which LeBron obviously acknowledged with a curtain call.

Kobe also weighed in:

Unfortunately for LeBron and the Lakers, that was probably the highlight of the night, as they were otherwise handled fairly easily by the Sixers, losing 108-91. James finished with 29 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds in the losing effort.

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