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Kobe Bryant Passes Michael Jordan on All-Time Scoring List

Kobe Bryant Passes Michael Jordan on All-Time Scoring List

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(MINNESOTA) -- In his 1,269th career game, Kobe Bryant took over the No. 3 spot on the all-time scoring list on Sunday.

Bryant passed Michael Jordan with a pair of free throws in the second quarter of their game against the Timberwolves.

Bryant moved into third place on the all-time list and trails Karl Malone (36,928 points), and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points).

Following the free throws, the game was stopped so Bryant could exchange hugs and handshakes with his teammates and Minnesota's side of the court.

Bryant entered the game with 32,284 points and needed eight to tie Jordan.

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Kobe Bryant Passes Michael Jordan on All-Time Scoring List

Kobe Bryant Passes Michael Jordan on All-Time Scoring List

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(MINNESOTA) -- In his 1,269th career game, Kobe Bryant took over the No. 3 spot on the all-time scoring list during their 100-94 win against Minnesota on Sunday.

Bryant passed Michael Jordan with a pair of free throws in the second quarter of their game against the Timberwolves.

"The most important thing to me I think is playing for that," Bryant said.

"Playing for respect of the greats and feeling like I'm a part of that culture."

Bryant moved into third place on the all-time list and trails Karl Malone (36,928 points), and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points).

Following the free throws, the game was stopped so Bryant could exchange hugs and handshakes with his teammates and Minnesota's side of the court.

Bryant entered the game with 32,284 points and needed eight to tie Jordan.  He finished with 26.

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Bulls Forward Doug McDermott Out Indefinitely with Knee Injury

Bulls Forward Doug McDermott Out Indefinitely with Knee Injury

Ingrim Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Chicago Bulls depth has taken a hit as rookie small forward Doug McDermott is out indefinitely with a knee injury.

"Doug McDermott will have an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee," the team said in a release. "The procedure will be performed by Chicago Bulls head team physician Dr. Brian Cole of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush.  A timetable for his return will be determined after the procedure."

The Bulls acquired McDermott on draft night from the Denver Nuggets.

McDermott is one of the most prolific college scorers in NCAA history. He ranks fifth all-time in points scored with 3,150.

His rookie season has been a little bumpy. In 17 games this season, McDermott is averaging 3.2 points and 1.6 rebounds in 11.6 minutes per game.

Despite McDermott's struggles, the Bulls are off to a great start this season. Heading into Saturday, the Bulls stand at 14-8, good for the fourth-best record in the NBA.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 12/12/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/12/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Chicago Bulls 115 (14-8) - Portland Trail Blazers 106 (17-6)

Washington Wizards 104 (16-6) - Los Angeles Clippers 96 (16-6)

Atlanta Hawks 87 (16-6) - Orlando Magic 81 (9-16) 

New York Knicks 101 (5-20) - Boston Celtics 95 (7-14)

Brooklyn Nets 88 (9-12) - Philadelphia 76ers 70 (2-20)

Toronto Raptors 106 (17-6) - Indiana Pacers 94 (7-16) 

Memphis Grizzlies 113 (18-4) - Charlotte Hornets 107 (6-16) - Double Overtime

Oklahoma City Thunder 111 (10-13) - Minnesota Timberwolves 92 (5-17)

New Orleans Pelicans 119 (11-11) - Cleveland Cavaliers 114 (13-9) 

Detroit Pistons 105 (4-19) - Phoenix Suns 103 (12-12)

Miami Heat 100 (11-12) - Utah Jazz 95 (6-17)

Los Angeles Lakers 112 (7-16) - San Antonio Spurs 110 (16-7) - Overtime

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (19-6-3, 41pts) - Calgary Flames 1 (17-12-2, 36pts) 

Florida Panthers 3 (12-8-7, 31pts) - Detroit Red Wings 2 (17-6-7, 41pts)

Montreal Canadiens 6 (19-10-2, 40pts) - Los Angeles Kings 2 (15-10-5, 35pts)

Anaheim Ducks 4 (20-6-5, 45pts) - Edmonton Oilers 2 (7-18-5, 19pts)

Top 25 Men's Basketball: (14) Iowa State 90 (7-1) - Iowa 75 (8-3)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 12/3/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/3/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA:  Chicago Bulls 102 (12-7) – Charlotte Hornets 95 (4-15)

Washington Wizards 111 (12-5) – Los Angeles Lakers 95 (5-14)

Boston Celtics 109 (5-11) – Detroit Pistons 102 (3-16) OT

Brooklyn Nets 95 (8-9) – San Antonio Spurs 93 (13-5) OT

Atlanta Hawks 112 (11-6) – Miami Heat 102 (9-9)

Houston Rockets 105 (14-4) – Memphis Grizzlies 96 (15-3)

Dallas Mavericks 107 (15-5) – Milwaukee Bucks 105 (10-10)

Philadelphia 76ers 85 (1-17) – Minnesota Timberwolves 77 (4-13)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (10) Villanova 84 (7-0) – La Salle 70 (4-3)

Iowa 60 (6-2) – (12) North Carolina 55 (5-2)

Notre Dame 79 (7-1) – Michigan State 78 (5-3) OT

(23) Butler 77 (6-1) – Indiana State 54 (3-4)

NHL:  Chicago Blackhawks 4 (16-8-1; 33pts) – St. Louis Blues 1 (16-7-2; 34pts)

Minnesota Wild 2 (14-9-1; 29pts) – Montreal Canadiens 1 (17-8-2; 36pts)

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Bulls Forward Taj Gibson Suffers Sprained Ankle

Bulls Forward Taj Gibson Suffers Sprained Ankle

NBA via Chicago Bulls(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- The Chicago Bulls have to deal with another injured player as power forward Taj Gibson is out with a sprained ankle.

Midway through the third quarter of the team's game against the Portland Trail Blazers, and have to be carried off the floor by a pair of teammates.

X-rays wound up coming back negative, which is good news considering Gibson has dealt with issues in that same ankle in the past.

"It's the same lingering injury," Gibson said. "Just keep trying to play through it, trying to be there for my teammates. Just push through. All summer I was trying to rehab the same ankle and it just keeps flaring up. I keep having these little bum ankle turns. And I just took some time off from it and tried to rush back and this thing happened again. I'm just frustrated."

The 29-year-old Gibson is a key reserve for the Bulls. In 12 games this season, he's averaging 12.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/20/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/20/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Top 25 College Baksetball: (10) Texas 71 (3-0) - Iowa 57 (2-1) 

(12) Villanova 72 (3-0) - Bucknell 65 (1-2)

(15) VCU 106 (3-0) - MD-E Shore 66 (1-3)

(17) Connecticut 65 (2-0) - College of Charleston 57 (1-2)

Indiana 74 (3-0) - (22) SMU 68 (1-2)

California 73 (3-0) - (23) Syracuse 59 (2-1)

(24) Michigan 71 (3-0) - Detroit 62 (1-2)

NFL: Oakland Raiders 24 (1-10) - Kansas City Chiefs 20 (7-4)

NBA: Los Angeles Clippers 110 (7-4) - Miami Heat 93 (6-6)

NHL: Montreal Canadiens 4 (14-5-1, 29pts) - St. Louis Blues 1 (12-5-1, 25pts)

Toronto Maple Leafs 5 (10-8-2, 22pts) - Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (13-6-2, 28pts)

Ottawa Senators 3 (9-5-4, 22pts) - Nashville Predators 2 (12-5-2, 26pts)

Detroit Red Wings 4 (9-4-5, 25pts) - Winnipeg Jets 3 (10-8-3, 23pts)

Minnesota Wild 3 (11-7-0, 22pts) - Philadelphia Flyers 2 (7-9-2, 16pts)

Dallas Stars 3 (7-9-4, 18pts) - Arizona Coyotes 1 (8-10-2, 18pts)

Washington Capitals 3 (9-7-3, 17pts) - Colorado Avalanche 2 (6-9-5, 17pts)

Chicago Blackhawks 4 (11-7-1, 23pts) - Calgary Flames 3 (12-7-2, 26pts)

Top 25 College Football: (12) Kansas State 26 (8-2) - West Virginia 20 (6-5)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/10/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/10/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers 118 (3-3) – New Orleans Pelicans 111 (3-3)

Indiana Pacers 97 (2-6) – Utah Jazz 86 (3-5)

Atlanta Hawks 91 (3-3) – New York Knicks 85 (2-6)

Chicago Bulls 102 (6-2) – Detroit Pistons 91 (2-5)

NHL: Boston Bruins 4 (10-6-0; 20pts) – New Jersey Devils 2 (6-7-2; 14pts)

Carolina Hurricanes 4 (5-6-3; 13pts) – Calgary Flames 1 (9-6-2; 20pts) 

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Scoreboard Roundup 11/7/14

Scoreboard Roundup 11/7/14

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(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Chicago Bulls 118 (5-1) – Philadelphia 76ers 115 (0-6)

 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/5/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/5/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Charlotte Hornets 96 (2-3) – Miami Heat 89 (3-2)

Orlando Magic 91 (1-4) – Philadelphia 76ers 89 (0-5)

Toronto Raptors 110 (4-1) – Boston Celtics 107 (1-3)

Minnesota Timberwolves 98 (2-2) – Brooklyn Nets 91 (2-2)

Detroit Pistons 98 (1-3) – New York Knicks 95 (2-3)

Chicago Bulls 95 (4-1) – Milwaukee Bucks 86 (2-3)

Washington Wizards 96 (4-1) – Indiana Pacers 94 (1-4) OT

San Antonio Spurs 94 (2-1) – Atlanta Hawks 92 (1-2)

NHL: Montreal Canadiens 2 (9-4-1; 19pts) – Buffalo Sabres 1 (3-9-2; 8pts) SO

New York Rangers 4 (6-4-2; 14pts) – Detroit Red Wings 3 (6-3-4; 16pts)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/1/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/1/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAA Football: (7) TCU 31 (7-1) - (20) West Virginia 30 (6-3)

Florida 38 (4-3) - (11) Georgia 20 (6-2)

(13) Baylor 60 (7-1) - Kansas 14 (2-6)

(15) Nebraska 35 (8-1) - Purdue 14 (3-6)

(18) Oklahoma 59 (6-2) - Iowa State 14 (2-6)

Temple 20 (5-3) - (23) East Carolina 10 (6-2)

(24) Duke 51 (7-1) - Pittsburgh 48 (4-5) Double Overtime

NASCAR Nationwide Series: Kyle Busch wins the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. Joey Logano was second.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/29/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/29/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB - World Series - Game 7: San Francisco Giants 3 - Kansas City Royals 2 (Giants wins World Series, 4-3)

NBA: Charlotte Hornets 108 (1-0) – Milwaukee Bucks 106 (0-1) OT

Indiana Pacers 103 (1-0) – Philadelphia 76ers 91 (0-1)

Boston Celtics 121 (1-0) – Brooklyn Nets 105 (0-1)

Miami Heat 107 (1-0) – Washington Wizards 95 (0-1)

Toronto Raptors 109 (1-0) – Atlanta Hawks 102 (0-1)

Memphis Grizzlies 105 (1-0) – Minnesota Timberwolves 101 (0-1)

Chicago Bulls 104 (1-0) – New York Knicks 80 (0-1)

NHL: Detroit Red Wings 4 (5-2-2; 12pts) – Washington Capitals 2 (4-3-2; 10pts) 

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Richard Hamilton Wants Another Shot in the NBA

Richard Hamilton Wants Another Shot in the NBA

NBA via Detoit Pistons(NEW YORK) -- After taking this past year off, former NBA guard Richard Hamilton will pursue a chance to get back into the league.

Now 36-years-old, Hamilton recently spoke David Alacron of HoopsHype, he expressed his desire to play in the NBA again.

 "Yeah, yeah. I think for me, personally, I have to see how my body responds after the summer," he said. "I want to play another year and hopefully get an opportunity to play on a team with a chance to win a title."

Hamilton also added that multiple teams have contacted him about his services for next season.

A 14-year NBA veteran, Hamilton spent the 2012-2013 season as a member of the Chicago Bulls. His minutes and points per game were the lowest of his career since his rookie season back in 1999.

For his career though, Hamilton has always been a steady and reliable wing scorer. He averaged 17.1 points per game during his career with the Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons, and Bulls.

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ESPN: Bulls to Sign G Aaron Brooks

ESPN: Bulls to Sign G Aaron Brooks

Sacramento Kings/NBA(NEW YORK) --  The Chicago Bulls are finalizing a contract with free agent guard Aaron Brooks, according to ESPN.

The addition of Brooks gives the Bulls another scoring option off the bench.  Chicago has retooled its roster during the offseason with the additions of former All-Star Pau Gasol, European forward Nikola Mirotic, and rookie guard Doug McDermott in hopes of competing for the Eastern Conference crown.

The 29-year-old Brooks was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 26th overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft out of the University of Oregon.

Brooks averaged 9.0 points and 3.2 assists per game last season while playing for the Rockets and Denver Nuggets.

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Jimmer Fredette Heads to the Pelicans

Jimmer Fredette Heads to the Pelicans

Jed Jacobson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New Orleans Pelicans have found a new sharpshooter. The team agreed to terms with Jimmer Fredette on a one-year deal on Thursday, worth the league minimum.

Fredette, who was drafted by the Sacramento Kings, finished last season with the Chicago Bulls after earning his release from the Kings. The guard played sparingly in eight games with the Bulls, spending time on the roster during their playoff run.

Fredette's best season came in his rookie year, 2011-12, when he averaged 7.6 points per game and shot 36.1 percent from beyond the arc.

The Pelicans hope that the former Brigham Young star will replace the production lost when Anthony Morrow signed with Oklahoma City. 

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Lakers Claim Boozer off Amnesty Waivers

Lakers Claim Boozer off Amnesty Waivers

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Los Angeles Lakers added to their wealth of big men on Thursday, claiming forward Carlos Boozer off amnesty waivers. The Lakers won a blind bid against nine teams, putting up $3.25 million to garner Boozer's rights, according to reports. 

"We're very pleased to have won the bidding process and to have gained his rights, and look forward to his contributions next season," Mitch Kupchak, Lakers general manager, said in a news release.

Boozer was released via the amnesty clause by the Chicago Bulls just over a week ago, making it possible for Chicago to sign free agents Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic. The Bulls still must pay the remaining $13.6 million on his 2014-15 contract, but by utilizing the amnesty clause, the contract comes off the books for salary-cap and luxury-tax purposes.

Los Angeles has already signed a pair of power forwards, reaching agreements with both Ed Davis and Jordan Hill. Boozer averaged 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in 76 contests for Chicago last season.

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Report: Bulls Inform Carlos Boozer He’s Been Amnestied

Report: Bulls Inform Carlos Boozer He’s Been Amnestied

NBA via Chicago Bulls(NEW YORK) -- The Carlos Boozer-era is over in Chicago as the Bulls have informed him that he's been amnestied.

Boozer was entering the final year of his contract, and was set to earn $16.8 million next season. While Boozer will still receive his full salary, it won't count against the Bulls salary cap.

With the recent additions of Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic, the Bulls front-court suddenly became very crowded, and very expensive.

Boozer’s contract is now put out to bid and teams under the salary cap can enter a blind bid, with the team putting in the highest bid (over a minimum of $1.4 million) can get his services.

The 32-year-old Boozer is still a productive NBA player. This past season for the Bulls, he averaged 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

He spent four of his 12 overall seasons in the NBA in Chicago, and has career averages of 16.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.

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European Star Nikola Mirotic Will Join the Bulls Next Season

European Star Nikola Mirotic Will Join the Bulls Next SeasonRonald Martinez/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Nikola Mirotic is finally coming to the NBA as he's agreed on a contract with the Chicago Bulls that will bring him over to America next season. Mirotic was acquired by the Bulls in a draft-day deal back in 20...

Pau Gasol Announces He’s Signing with the Bulls

Pau Gasol Announces He’s Signing with the Bulls

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(NEW YORK) -- The free agent dominos have begun to fall in the NBA. Free agent forward/center Pau Gasol has announced via Twitter that he will sign with the Chicago Bulls.

"It hasn't been easy. After meditating it a lot I've chosen to play with the Chicago Bulls. Looking forward to this new chapter of my career," Gasol Tweeted on Saturday.

The 34-year-old Gasol spent over six seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, and helped lead them to two NBA Championships.

Aside from top-tier guys like Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony, Gasol was one of the top names out there on the free agent market.

While he's struggled with durability issues the past couple seasons, he remains one of the better all-around big men and should mesh nicely with All-Star center Joakim Noah.

In 60 games for the Lakers this past season, Gasol averaged 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.4 blocks per game.

The Bulls have to decide by Wednesday whether nor not they will amnesty forward Carlos Boozer or find a trade destination for him so that they can fit Gasol's contract under the salary cap.

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Doug McDermott Ready to Prove He Belongs in the NBA

Doug McDermott Ready to Prove He Belongs in the NBA

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- There may not have been a more polarizing player in the NBA Draft than former Creighton forward Doug McDermott. Now a member of the Chicago Bulls, he's out to prove he can be a productive NBA player as many doubt he's not ready for the next level.

“A lot of people label me as just a spot up shooter, but I think that I’m a lot more than that," McDermott said. "I feel like I can put the ball on the floor and come off of screens really well, so I’ve been working on that a lot."

McDermott is one of the greatest scorers in NCAA history. In his senior season, he led the nation in scoring at 26.7 points per game. His scoring average went up each of his collegiate seasons.

The Denver Nuggets originally selected McDermott 11th overall, but his rights were drafted to the Bulls.

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