Lakers: LeBron James is now the leading scorer in NBA history
Author of at least 36 points on Tuesday night in the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder, LeBron James overtook Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for first all-time scoring NBA.
Abdul-Jabbar held the record with 38,387 points, a high he had reached in his twenty years in the league, shared between the Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks .
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James
LeBron James is also currently in his twentieth campaign in professional basketball. Heading into Tuesday's game, the famed Akron native had 38,352, so his tally of 38 on Tuesday now puts him atop Abdul-Jabbar with 38,390. The former Lakers number 33 record was 39 years old.
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James entered the game with a knife between his teeth. Aggressive and determined, he collected 20 points in the first half. For the occasion, James wore a headband, a style that has long categorized him.
Man on a mission. pic.twitter.com/oV9TgRRhAd
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Then, after the half, he scored 8 points in the first six minutes of play, including two 3-point shots, to get the crowd going. LeBron didn't even need the fourth quarter to reach the desired plateau. With ten seconds left in the third quarter, James stripped off his blanket and threaded the needle.
The action was immediately stopped, and a ceremony was his honor.
Several celebrities gathered at the Crypto.com Arena for the occasion. Among the stars, Jay-Z, Denzel Washington and John McEnroe to name a few.
Jay-Z and LeBron James
Former players Magic Johnson, Dwyane Wade and the main interested party, Kareem Abdul -Jabbar, were also on hand to witness the feat. James' family were of course present.
LeBron James finished the game with 38 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers lost 133-130 to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
In an interview following the game, LeBron admitted to Shaquille O'Neal “that he was mentally and physically still at his best, and that he still has a few years of basketball left in him.” James has never hidden it, he would like to play games in the NBA alongside his boys. His oldest, Bronny, is 18, while Bryce is 15. Both are excellent prospects for future NBA amateur auctions.
Finally, O'Neal also asked the King James if he considered he was now the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time) with this accomplishment. Her answer?
“I'll let everyone decide that their own way. Everyone has their favorite in history, but I personally choose myself above any player who has ever played the sport of basketball.”
By the Numbers
King James has played the last five seasons in Los Angeles. Entering the NBA as the No. 1 pick in the 2003 Draft, LBJ played eleven campaigns with the Cleveland Cavaliers (2003-04 to 2009-10 and 2014-15 to 2017-18), separated by four seasons in Miami.
LeBron James is:
- 2003-04 Rookie of the Year
- 4-time NBA champion (2012, 2013 – Miami Heat, 2016 – Cleveland Cavaliers, 2020 – Los Angeles Lakers)
- 19-time NBA Star
- 4-time NBA MVP NBA regular season
- 4-time NBA Playoff Finals Series MVP