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Lakers vs. Spurs preview: Kobe Bryant closing in on Michael Jordan

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Kobe could reach an incredible milestone in San Antonio.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers hit the road for three games, beginning with a rodeo against the San Antonio Spurs. Kobe Bryant is just 31 points away from passing Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list, which will dominate NBA headlines for the next week or so. It could happen IN San Antonio Friday night, and Kobe already has six games with at least 31 points logged this season.

On the other hand. Kobe's lowest scoring game of the season came against the Spurs, when he went 1-for-14 from the field for just nine points. It's hard to say whether he'll gun for it against San Antonio, but at this point one thing is certain: It's inevitable. Kobe Bryant will stand alone as the highest-scoring shooting guard of all time much sooner than later.

Considering how he's been displeased with his teammates, Kobe's approach to this game will be interesting. Will he take even more control of the offense, denying his fellow purple and gold mates an opportunity to ultimately disappoint him, or will he go about his business as usual.

Oh, and let's not forget this game will be aired on ESPN, giving a huge audience the chance to watch Kobe chase down Jordan.

The Spurs aren't exactly steam-rolling the NBA, but they're still a solid 16-6, mirroring the Lakers 6-16. That's an accurate analogy to where these teams are: A defending champion vs. a floundering franchise. We all know San Antonio isn't a regular season team, but their process and stability make them one of the best even if it isn't a seven-game series.

We may be in for a huge piece of history tonight. Enjoy what may be a very memorable game.

Time: 6:30 p.m. PT

Station: ESPN, TWCSN