In the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers broke the NBA’s all-time scoring mark, which had been held by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for almost 39 years.
Six-time NBA MVP Abdul-Jabbar has played the last 14 seasons for the Lakers and has accumulated 38,387 points throughout the course of his 20-year career.
The NBA’s all-time scoring record was broken by James with 36 points required. At Los Angeles’ Crypto.com Arena, James made a fadeaway jumper with 10.9 seconds remaining in the third quarter to score the final two points.
When James was being honoured on the court, NBA officials briefly stopped the game. Seeing James’ success in front of jubilant audiences, Abdul-Jabbar was present.
Despite James’ 38-point outburst, the Lakers fell to the Thunder 133-130. The NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver, issued a statement congratulating LeBron for breaking one of the most revered milestones in all of sports by surpassing Michael Jordan as the league’s all-time leading scorer.
“It’s an impressive accomplishment that highlights his dependable play throughout the course of 20 years in the league. Unbelievably, LeBron continues to play basketball at a high level and consistently breaks records,” He said.