LeBron James scored his 38,388th career point on Tuesday evening, becoming the NBA’s all-time scoring leader. James, 38, surpassed fellow Los Angeles Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who had held the record since April 1984.
James entered Tuesday night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder and was 36 points shy of breaking Abdul-Jabbar’s record of 38,387 points. He broke the record with about 10 seconds left in the third quarter, scoring two points on a step-back jumper — sending the Crypto.com Arena crowd into a standing ovation.
The game was immediately stopped for a ceremony to commemorate the historic moment. Abdul-Jabbar, who watched the game from the baseline seat, went to the floor to congratulate James, who was accompanied by his mother, wife and three children.
In a speech during halftime, James addressed the crowd, applauding the roaring Lakers fans for their support and thanked his family, former NBA commissioner David Stern and Abdul-Jabbar.
“I just want to say thank you because I wouldn’t be here without all of you,” James said, before, stunned by the emotional moment, heaving some profanities on TNT. “Screw you, man. Thanks to you guys.”
Abdul-Jabbar was far from the only celebrity attending the game. Magic Johnson, Denzel Washington, Jay-Z, Bad Bunny, LL Cool J, Usher, Andy Garcia and Dwyane Wade and many others turned out, ready to witness history.
The record marks another feather in James’ cap as his 20-year NBA career continues to roar, adding scoring titles to four championship rings and capturing virtually every notable honor. Is.
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