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Can Kobe, LeBron catch Kareem?

PER Diem: Jan. 21, 2010

Updated: January 26, 2010, 11:47 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
Kareem Abdul-JabarAndrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty ImagesCan anyone top Kareem's record for career points scored? Kobe and LeBron are both in the hunt.

The stage couldn't be set any better.

Kobe Bryant enters Thursday's nationally televised battle against Cleveland just 19 points shy of a historic milestone, his 25,000th career point. He'll become only the 15th player in NBA history to reach this extraordinary mark.

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