LeBron James becomes NBA’s all-time leading scorer

LeBron James becomes NBA’s all-time leading scorer

After weeks and months of anticipating, it finally happened: LeBron James surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to become the all-time leading career scorer in the history of the NBA.

The moment came with 10.9 seconds remaining in the third quarter of Tuesday’s contest between the Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder. James scored his 36th point on a fadeaway jumper, giving him the record and 38,388 points for his career.

The record had stood ever since April 5, 1984, when Abdul-Jabbar surpassed Wilt Chamberlain during a game against the Utah Jazz in Las Vegas. Abdul-Jabbar, Chamberlain, George Mikan and now James have all held the record as members of the Lakers.

Abdul-Jabbar was on hand at Arena for the occasion, and he was very gracious in handing over the torch, so to speak.

It is onward and upward for James, as the next milestone for him will be the 40,000-point mark, which seems to be within reach.

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