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LeBron James Surpasses Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Set A New NBA Scoring Record.

LeBron James

In the Los Angeles Lakers’ game against the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday, LeBron James surpassed the 39-year record held by six-time NBA MVP Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to become the league’s all-time leading scorer.

James scored a stepback jumper from the left elbow with 10.9 seconds remaining in the third quarter, giving him 36 points for the game and 38,388 for his career. He raised his arms in celebration as the energised crowd at the Arena in Los Angeles went wild.

The game was stopped for a few minutes by officials so that he could be honoured on the court, where his mother, wife, and kids met and embraced him. James was congratulated by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, and Abdul-Jabbar, who was present and cheering as James got close to the record, gave him a game ball at centre court.

“I just wanted to thank the Laker supporters. James spoke over a microphone, “You guys are unique.

He called for a standing ovation for Kareem.

LeBron James

“I just want to say thank you so much to everyone who has ever been a part of this run with me over the last… 20+ years. Without y’all, I wouldn’t be me.”

James added two more points in the fourth quarter of a 133-130 loss, which was disappointing for a squad that is now two games out of the final play-in spot in the Western Conference. However, the night belonged to him, just like so many other moments throughout his career.


The 38-year-old needed fewer games (1,409) than the illustrious centre wearing goggles to surpass Abdul-Jabbar at the top of the scoring chart. Given that James is regarded as a pass-first player in the league and recently occupied the fourth spot on the NBA’s all-time assist list, his record-breaking achievement is all the more remarkable.


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