LeBron James breaks NBA all-time record, surpassing Los Angeles Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
LOS ANGELES– Lakers star LeBron James is now the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, overtaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
James made third quarter history with a bucket of fade against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night in front of a sold-out Crypto.com Arena.
The Lakers star scored 20 points at halftime to close within 16 points of Abdul-Jabbar. He started the third quarter by knocking down a 3-point flurry to get even closer.
The audience was stuffed with star power. Jay-Z, Bad Bunny, Denzel Washington, Dwyane Wade and John McEnroe were among the many stars in attendance.
Other Lakers legends like Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, James Worthy and Bob McAdoo were in attendance, along with NBA commissioner Adam Silver.
James’ mother, wife and three children also watched from the field among the thousands who rose in waves of anticipation almost every time James touched the ball.
James entered the game at Crypto.com Arena just 36 points behind Abdul-Jabbar.
Abdul-Jabbar scored 38,387 points in his 20-year career with the Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks. He became the league points champion in 1984.
James is one of seven players to score 30,000 career points and the youngest in NBA history to do so. James, 38, is averaging 30 points per game this season.
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