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Kobe Bryant has jerseys retired – a career by numbers

Five-time NBA Champion Kobe Bryant had his No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys retired by the Los Angeles Lakers last night during halftime of their matchup against the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors. The game, televised on BT Sport 1, saw the Warriors beating the Lakers 116-114.

Below are some key facts and figures about Bryant’s historic career.

48,637: Minutes played, the seventh most in NBA history
33,643: Career points, third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Karl Malone (36,928)
5,640: Points scored in the NBA Playoffs, fourth most in NBA history behind LeBron James (6,163), Michael Jordan (5,987) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5,762)
81: Points in a 122-104 victory against the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 22, 2006, the second-highest total in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game in 1962
60: Points in a 101-96 victory over the Utah Jazz on April 13, 2016, the most points in a player’s final game in NBA history. At 37, Bryant became the oldest player in league history with a 60-point game
50: Twenty-five career 50-point games, third most in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain (118) and Michael Jordan (31)
37: In his last season, he became the first player age 37 or older to score at least 25 points in three straight games since Michael Jordan at 40 in 2003
24: Jersey number beginning in the 2006-07 season after switching from No. 8
20: Seasons with the Lakers, tied with Dirk Nowitzki for the most with one team in NBA history
18: Consecutive All-Star Game selections (the longest streak in NBA history) and All-Star Game selections overall (the second most all time behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 19)
16: Appearances on Christmas Day, the most in NBA history
15: All-Star Game starts, the most in NBA history
13: Overall selection by the Charlotte Hornets in the 1996 NBA Draft
11: All-NBA First Team selections, tied with Karl Malone and LeBron James for the most in NBA history
9: NBA All-Defensive First Team selections, tied with Kevin Garnett, Michael Jordan and Gary Payton for the most in NBA history
6: Six career 60-point games, second most in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain (32)
5: NBA championships (2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010)
4: All-Star MVP Awards (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011), tied with Bob Pettit for the most in NBA history
2: Finals MVP Awards (2009, 2010)
1: Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award (2007-08)

Source: Pitch London
Image: Getty / NBAE

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