Bryant Eight Points Away from Jordan

After dropping 22 points against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday, Kobe Bryant is on the brink of passing Michael Jordan for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

Bryant stands just eight points behind Jordan’s 32,292 career total heading into the Lakers’ matchup with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday. In 23 games this season, Bryant scored at least eight points each time. His season-low is nine, which came against the Spurs on Nov. 14.

Bryant is currently averaging 25.4 points — the third-highest mark in the league. Recently he has been on tear, scoring 54 points in his last two games combined. Jordan reached his final scoring total in a similar fashion, as he averaged 21.5 points in his final eight games.

In Bryant’s only other game against Minnesota this season, he exploded for 26 points on 10-for-18 shooting. The 16-time all-star is averaging 24.2 points against the Timberwolves in 60 career games.