Lakers News: LeBron James Passes Kobe Bryant on NBA All-Time Made FG List

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 3, 2019

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 01: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center on March 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Although the Los Angeles Lakers trailed the Phoenix Suns 66-59 at halftime, LeBron James had something to celebrate Saturday.

James had 19 first-half points on 7-of-11 shooting, and in the process, he passed Kobe Bryant for fifth all-time in made field goals in NBA history.

James now has 11,723 made shots and counting, while Bryant retired with 11,719. Michael Jordan is in fourth place at 12,192. Assuming he stays healthy over the remainder of the year, James should pass Jordan as well by the end of the regular season.

The four-time MVP will have to wait until 2019-20 until he has a shot of taking down Wilt Chamberlain (12,681) and claiming third place.

Considering he has two more guaranteed years on his contract with the Lakers and a player option for 2021-22, James has a great shot of retiring as the NBA's all-time leader in made field goals. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar set the gold standard, making 15,837 shots in his 20-year career.

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