LeBron James has scored the most points in the NBA.
On Tuesday, when the Lakers played the Oklahoma City Thunder, their star player scored more points than Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who had 38,387 for his career.
With 10.9 seconds left in the third quarter, he made a fadeaway mid-range jumper that gave him his 35th and 36th points of the game.
James broke a record that Abdul-Jabbar had held for almost 40 years. His sons Bronny and Bryce and daughter Zhuri were there to watch.
The play was over. James brought his mom, Gloria, and wife, Savannah, onto the court. He gave his mom a hug and kissed his wife. The Lakers showed a video tribute to James, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver gave him his best wishes. James was given the game ball by Abdul-Jabbar, and the two men hugged. READ–WHEN KYRIE IRVING ASKED TO BE TRADED FROM THE BROOKLYN NETS, THERE WERE SIX POSSIBLE DESTINATIONS.
Abdul-Jabbar sat on the court and clapped every time James scored a point. James’s family was there, and so were his good friends Dwyane Wade, Maverick Carter, and Rich Paul.
Lakers owner Jeanie Buss, Magic Johnson, Jay-Z, Nike founder Phil Knight, LL Cool J, Bad Bunny, Floyd Mayweather, and John McEnroe were all there to see it.
James walked into the arena wearing a black suit with a “Stay present” pin of gold and black. James wore a headband and a T-shirt with “Built by Black History” when he went out on the court for warm-ups.
He liked how important the moment was
James missed his first two shots, but on his third try, at 7:05 of the first quarter, he made a 3-point shot. He got an elbow in the eye from Josh Giddey as he drove for a layup, but he stayed in the game. After a few minutes, he left the game with eight points in the first quarter. READ–CAN A TRIP TO DUKE DERAIL NORTH CAROLINA’S HIGH AMBITIONS FOR THE SEASON AFTER A DISMAL START?
James scored 12 points in the second quarter. Two quick and-ones gave him six points. He then made a 3-pointer, giving him 20 points at halftime. He had made 6 of 10 shots, including 2 of 3 3-pointers, and 6 of 8 free throws.
During a 16-point third quarter, he tried hard to break the record.
LeBron is 38, but he is still going strong.
Since LeBron James passed Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Karl Malone on the scoring list in 2019, 2020, and 2022, respectively, it was only a matter of time before he broke the record, as long as he stayed relatively healthy. With 37,062 points at the start of this season, it was thought that James would pass Abdul-Jabbar in early 2023. By January, James was on track to finish it by the beginning of February.
This season, there have been more high-scoring individual performances, and James, who is 38, has taken advantage. In 22 of the 43 games he has played, he has scored at least 30 points. In five of those games, he scored 40 or more points, including a season-high 48 against Houston on January 6. READ–AUSTIN RIVERS AND MO BAMBA ARE AT THE CENTER OF A FIGHT BETWEEN THE MAGIC AND TIMBERWOLVES THAT LEADS TO FIVE EJECTIONS.
This season, he averages 30 points per game, which makes him the seventh-highest scorer in the league. No other player his age has ever averaged more than 24 points in a season.
LeBron is always putting up points
James’ rise to the top of the scoring mountain is a combination of all-time great talent, consistency, longevity, and availability that has never been seen before.
He has averaged 27 points per game over the course of his career. Other than his first season, when he averaged only 20.9 points per game, he has never averaged less than 25 points per game in a season. He has changed his game over the course of his career to become a good scorer from 3-point range, mid-range, and right at the basket.
James has been a relentless scorer. In 2008, he was the youngest player to reach 10,000 points, and in 2013, he was the youngest player to earn 20,000 points. In 2018, he became the seventh player in NBA history to reach 30,000 points. He has scored at least 10 points in 1,140 games, which is a league record. This record started on January 6, 2007, and Jordan is second on this list, but he is 274 games behind him.
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