As Abdul-Jabbar watched from courtside, fans paid thousands of dollars to reserve seats at Crypto.com arena to see history. James didn’t waste any time in setting the record.
After an incredible performance against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Los Angeles, LeBron James has surpassed Kareem Abdul-34-year Jabbar’s record to become the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. He needed 36 points to break Abdul-record Jabbar’s of 38,387 established in 1989 going into the game versus OKC.
With 10.9 seconds left in the third quarter, The King used one of his signature fadeaway daggers to break the record. In a 133-130 loss, he ended with 38 points, seven rebounds, and three assists.
LeBron walked away from the record-breaking shot with his hands raised before being surrounded by teammates, followed by his boys Bronny and Bryce and wife Savannah.
The Lakers-OKC game was put on hold as the occasion was honoured.
As social media went crazy, NBA commissioner Adam Silver seized the opportunity to praise James alongside Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who gave James the ceremonial basketball.
James averaged 30 points entering Tuesday’s game, so people who paid up to $100,000 for tickets to Thursday’s game versus Milwaukee are sure to be quite disappointed with his performance.
With tributes from celebrities, businesses, and what appears to be millions of people. He was visibly moved while celebrating his family, especially before and during the event with Silver and Abdul-Jabbar.