James moves past Bryant to third on NBA’s all-time scoring list

James moves past Bryant to third on NBA’s all-time scoring list
LeBron James surpasses Kobe Bryant in NBA’s all-time scoring list

LeBron James surpassed Kobe Bryant to become the NBA’s third-highest scorer of all time in the LA Lakers’ 108-91 defeat by the Philadelphia 76ers.

James, 35, scored 29 points to move to 33,655 career points, 12 more than former Lakers star Bryant.

Kareem Abdul Jabbar, the ex-Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks centre, is the NBA’s all-time top scorer on 38,387 points.

Former Utah Jazz forward Karl Malone, who also briefly played for the Laker

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Fred VanVleet lost a tooth after a scary elbow as the Raptors took a dominant 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals

Fred VanVleet lost a tooth after a scary elbow as the Raptors took a dominant 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors on Friday night, 105-92, to take a dominant 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals.

After the Warriors had controlled the opening stretch of the action, the Raptors stormed back with a near-flawless third quarter to take a lead that they would never give up.

In the middle of it all, Raptors guard Fred VanVleet lost a tooth.

While going up for a rebound in the fourth quarter, VanVleet caught a brutal elbow right in the face from the Warriors Shaun Livingston. He hit the ground hard and later left the court with the Toronto medical staff.

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Lakers News: Latest Buzz on D’Angelo Russell, Talen Horton-Tucker and More

Lakers News: Latest Buzz on D’Angelo Russell, Talen Horton-Tucker and More
Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell gestures toward the crowd after hitting a three-point shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Friday, March 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Nets won 111-106. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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The rumors and news surrounding the Los Angles Lakers were always going to get at least a little strange as the front office now turns its eyes toward fleshing out the roster surrounding LeBron James and Anthony Davis. 

Somehow, the post-draft news cycle for the Lakers has managed to loop in a guy by the name of D’Angelo Russell. 

Coming out of the draft, the front office has to use dwindling resources creatively to field a competitive roster, which means likely crossing the fingers for another superstar but ending up with a more grounded approach. 

After a quiet draft process, these are the most noteworthy Lakers items making the rounds. 

       

D’Angelo Russell Return?

On the rumor front, other than the expected “interested in every superstar available angle,” the dominant item pertains to the aforementioned Russell. 

The Lakers and Russell had an ugly split under Magic Johnson’s guidance not too long ago, which led to the point guard’s landing in Brooklyn with the Nets and blossoming into a star on his own. 

Naturally, the two have been linked again, this time by B/R’s Eric Pincus: “With [Magic] Johnson gone, some close to Russell have indicated he may be open to the idea if Brooklyn isn’t in the picture.”

This one could gain more traction faster than anyone might expect, too. While the Nets can match any offer on Russell thanks to his restricted status, they could end up cutting ties with him completely if it means they go out and buy up a max-contract player. 

If Russell hits the open market, the Lakers are suddenly looking at a 23-year-old point guard who averaged 21.1 points and 7.0 assists last year while shooting 43.4 percent from the floor and 36.9 percent from deep—all career highs. 

Granted, it would be a battle to rip Russell away from other teams willing t