LeBron James reached the top by becoming the all-time leading scorer in the National Basketball Association. Moreover, he surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record that he held since 1984.
Here is everything you need to know.
LeBron James surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to claim the title for most points scored
LeBron James stole Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record that he set 34 years ago to become NBA’s all-time leading points scorer.
It came after James’ incredible performance against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Los Angeles.
Moreover, James needed 36 more points to overtake Abdul-Jabbar’s record of 38,387 during his game against Oklahoma.
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— Nike (@Nike) February 8, 2023
However, he managed to claim the record within 10.9 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Hence, James finished with thirty-eight points, seven rebounds, and three assists.
In addition, James was instantly mobbed by his teammates after he scored the record-breaking shot.
The 38-year-old professional basketball player’s wife Savannah and sons Bronny and Bryce were also present in the stadium to witness the stunning moment.
Additionally, the game between the Lakers and Oklahoma was stopped for quite a while to celebrate James’ latest achievement.
Meanwhile, NBA commissioner Adam Silver grabbed a microphone while social media ran wild to pay tribute to James.
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— NBA (@NBA) February 8, 2023
Abdul-Jabbar on the other hand gifted the ceremonial basketball to James.
James tearfully addressed the Los Angeles crowd following the end of the match.
He said, ‘Just want to say thank you to the Laker faithful, you guys are one of a kind.’
Additionally, he mentioned, ‘To be in the presence of a legend and one of the greatest such as Kareem is humbling. Give a standing ovation to the captain, please.’
James continued, ‘Everybody that’s ever been a part of this run for the last 20 years, I just want to say thank you. … F**k man… thank you, guys!’
Kareem just handed LeBron James the game ball…
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Celebrities react to LeBron James becoming the all-time leading scorer
Many celebrities took to social media to congratulate LeBron James for his latest achievement.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said in an interview, ‘I thought it had every chance of being broken. It just had to have someone that the offense focused on continually. LeBron’s career is one of someone who planned to dominate this game.’
Moreover, USA’s president Joe Biden stated, ‘LeBron, congratulations. With your whole heart and soul, you broke a hell of a record. You elevated the game.’
Adam Silver, NBA commissioner claimed, ‘Congratulations to LeBron on breaking one of the most hallowed records in all of the sports by becoming the NBA’s all-time scoring leader.’