LA Lakers star forward LeBron James is now the NBA’s all-time leading scorer with 38,390 career points and counting. James passed Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 career points) tonight against the OKC Thunder to set the record. James needed 36 points entering the night to break Abdul-Jabbar’s record.
He proceeded to finish with 38 points to go along with seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals on 65.0% shooting. This included 20 first-half points and 16 third-quarter points to set the record before the start of the fourth quarter.
Following James’ record-breaking fadeaway shot in the third quarter, the game was halted for a brief ceremony involving NBA commissioner Adam Silver and NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. James also gave a speech to the Lakers’ crowd.
“I just want to say thank you to the Laker faithful,” James said.
“You guys are one of a kind. To be able to be in the presence of such a legend as great as Kareem, it’s very humbling,” James continued.
How did the LA Lakers fare during LeBron James’ historic night?
Despite LeBron James’ big night, he was let down by co-star Anthony Davis. Davis finished with just 13 points, eight rebounds, and two steals on 66.7% shooting. However, veteran point guard Russell Westbrook still contributed 27 points, eight assists, and two steals on 52.6% shooting for LA.
Meanwhile, the Thunder were led by star guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who finished with 30 points, eight assists, and two steals on 52.9% shooting. Rookie wing Jalen Williams also added 25 points, seven rebounds, and six steals on 52.6% shooting for OKC.
The game marked a crucial game for both the LA Lakers and OKC Thunder in their battle for a playoff spot. Unfortunately, for the Lakers, they weren’t able to come away with the win on James’ record-breaking night as they lost 133-130.
With their loss, the Lakers dropped to 25-30 and remain 13th in the Western Conference. Meanwhile, the Thunder improved to 26-28 and are now tied for 11th in the West.
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