LeBron Crowned King of NBA – Sets Record As All-Time Top Scorer


| LAST UPDATE 02/09/2023

By Amelie Durham
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Los Angeles Lakers legend LeBron James has soared to the top of NBA history and shattered a record that had stood for nearly four decades. King James set an all-time points leader mark, solidifying his place among the legends of basketball's court! Here's a look.

Basketball history was made Tuesday night as the Los Angeles Lakers' four-time NBA champion achieved immorality by becoming the all-time leading scorer in regular season games. In a clutch moment at Crypto.com Arena against Oklahoma City Thunder, he nailed an iconic stepback fadeaway shot to eclipse Kareem Abdul Jabbar's record of 38,387 career points after 18 years on the court and 17 All-Star selections! James' heroics earned him thunderous applause from the capacity crowd at Crypto.com Arena, as he sank a game-changing fadeaway jumper with just 10.9 seconds left in the third quarter - sealing his place atop of NBA's all-time scoring list! His family was there to witness this iconic occasion and even former record holder Kareem Abdul-Jabbar joined to pay tribute; raising a basketball before presenting it to James himself in an unforgettable moment led by Commissioner Adam Silver.

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“I just want to say thank you to the Laker faithful. You guys are one of a kind,” James said into a microphone, also asking the audience to give a round of applause for the legendary Abdul-Jabbar. “Everybody that’s ever been a part of this run with me the last … 20-plus years, I just want to say I thank you so much, because I wouldn’t be me without y’all.”

Despite James' iconic performance, the team still lost - but the NBA star still made history. With two points during the fourth quarter of their 133-130 loss to Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night, James passed NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as No. 1 all time scorer with an impressive total of 1,410 games played – over 150 less than his predecessor had taken to reach that mark! The Los Angeles Lakers small forward rose through four spots and now takes up 4th place on the NBA's all-time assist list too; proof of why this pass-first player has cemented himself firmly amongst basketball's greats throughout these past years.

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