Kobe Bryant scored 30 points in the Lakers 100-86 win against the New Orleans Hornets in Game 3.
Friday night’s 30-point game marked the 80th time Bryant has scored 30 points in a playoff game.
He now only trails Michael Jordan, for most 30-point playoff games.
Kobe has passed former Lakers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Jerry West who have 75 and 74 30-point playoff games respectively.
Here is the breakdown of the numbers:
- Michael Jordan – 109
- Kobe Bryant – 80
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – 75
- Jerry West – 74
The only note to add to this stat, is former greats like Wilt Chamberlain had less games, and less rounds in the playoffs. For instance, prior to the start of the 2002-2003 season, the NBA switched from a best-of-five first round series to a best-of-seven first round series