With 2:54 left in the second quarter of the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves, all that was standing between Kobe Bryant and Michael’s Jordon 3rd all-time scoring mark was a pair of free throws.
Despite an unusually distracting crowd — even for opposing free throw standards, Bryant sank both free throws, after which the Timberwolves promptly called a time-out. They called time not because the game got out of hand, but to celebrate.
You can catch all of the footage in the video above, in which you’ll see Lakers coaches, players, Timberwolves coaches, players, and the Timberwolves crowd cheering on Bryant. Because in regards to the great debate of Kobe Bryant versus Michael Jordon, no matter which side you stand on, you cannot deny this being a great achievement.
In a way, it was almost reminiscent of Michael Jordon’s last game(shown at the very bottom ). Now obviously this isn’t Bryant’s last game, but the phenomenon of an crowd cheering so warmly for an opposing player is quite rare.
And of course Bryant had to be interviewed after the game after achieving such a historic milestone(shown below).