RECORD: LeBron James sets NBA’s all-time scoring record
LeBron James has once again proven that he is one of the greatest basketball players of all time, setting a new record in the sport. The star player of the Los Angeles Lakers surpassed legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the player with the most points in the world’s largest basketball competition ever, in the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Before the game, James needed 36 points to surpass Abdul-Jabbar’s record of 38,387 points. He scored 38. The historic point was scored in the third quarter of the game.
An Emotional James: “This is Incredible”
James made his NBA debut in 2003 and has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, and Lakers. Against the Thunder, he played his 1,410th game. Abdul-Jabbar played in the NBA between 1969 and 1989 and won six championships, two more than James, and held the scoring record since 1984. Abdul-Jabbar played a total of 1,560 NBA games.
“I want to thank everyone who has supported me over the past twenty years. Without you, none of this would have been possible,” an emotional James said when he received the microphone during the ceremony.
He addressed Abdul-Jabbar, “It humbles me to be able to do this in the presence of a legend like you,” he said. “It’s incredible.”
After the ceremony, the game was played in the Crypto.com Arena. Despite James’ 38 points, the Lakers lost 130-133.