Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson celebrate LeBron James' new place on the scoring leaderboard

LeBron eclipses Kobe on all-time scoring list, drops 29 in loss (2:24)

LeBron James adds another milestone to his illustrious career by passing Kobe Bryant for third on the NBA all-time scoring list. (2:24)

Some fans tuned in Saturday night to watch the Philadelphia 76ers host the Los Angeles Lakers on NBA Saturday Primetime.

But many more were watching to see Lakers small forward LeBron James score his 18th point of the night and the 33,644th of his career, giving him one more point on the league's all-time scoring list than former Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant.

James obliged with 7:22 left in the third quarter, scoring on a layup assisted from Lakers power forward Anthony Davis to cut Philadelphia's lead to 74-54 and take his place behind only Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone for most points scored in NBA history.

At that moment, the celebrations for James commenced. And they were led by Hall of Famer Magic Johnson -- and Bryant himself:

James ended up with 29 points in what was ultimately a 108-91 loss in Philadelphia, as 76ers point guard Ben Simmons led his team with 10 rebounds and eight assists to go with an extremely efficient 28 points on 12-for-15 shooting. Simmons, a James protΓ©gΓ©, showed his appreciation for James after the game.


Simmons has nothing but respect for LeBron and his historic night

Ben Simmons reflects on the Sixers' defensive outing against the Lakers and expresses his appreciation for LeBron James

James now has 33,655 career points, trailing Malone by 3,273 points and Abdul-Jabbar by 4,732 points.


LeBron receives standing ovation after passing Kobe

The 76ers crowd showers LeBron James with applause after James passed Kobe Bryant for third on the NBA all-time scoring list.