The 16-time All-Star got off to a bit of a slow start, but he was still able to net nine points before halftime.
Having already recorded seven points, Bryant was sent to the line by the Timberwolves' Zach LaVine with 5 minutes, 24 seconds left in the second quarter. He needed to make one free throw to tie Jordan and both to move into third place all by himself.
It should come as no surprise that the cold-blooded Black Mamba was able to make both foul shots. The accomplishment led to a standing ovation from the Target Center crowd.
Jordan issued a statement on Bryant passing him, per Steve Reed of the Associated Press:
After sinking a pair of freebies, Bryant now has 32,293 points. Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Karl Malone (36,928) have more career points than Bryant.