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LeBron James Becomes All-Time Leading NBA Scorer

09 Feb 2023
Jake McEvoy 09 Feb 2023
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  • LeBron James has become the top scorer in NBA history.
  • James broke the record after scoring 38 in a loss to Oklahoma City Thunder.
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 07: LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles as he is interviewed at the end of the game after passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to become the NBA's all-time leading scorer, surpassing Abdul-Jabbar's career total of 38,387 points against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Crypto.com Arena on February 07, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
  • LeBron James Becomes All-Time Leading NBA Scorer
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38-year-old LeBron James becomes the NBA’s top scorer with previous record holder Abdul-Jabbar in attendance.

LeBron James Becomes All-Time Leading NBA Scorer

After hitting 38 points last night in a 133-130 defeat by the Oklahoma City Thunder, LeBron James has now surpassed the 38,387 score record to become the NBA’s most prolific hoop-shooter in history.

James, 38, who needed to score at least 36 to break the record last night, was born after the previous record had been set by Abdul-Jabbar 39 years ago.


LeBron James Speech

James, overcome with emotion, raised both arms in excitement while Abdul-Jabbar, 75 at the time, stood and cheered on the Lakers' home court. He addressed the crowd with a microphone during a short timeout in the game to do a ceremony honouring the milestone.

He went on to say that he couldn't have made it this far without the support of his family and friends over the last twenty-plus years, and he expressed his gratitude to every one of them. He would not be where he is now without the dedication and selflessness of all those involved.

When asked how he felt about breaking the NBA record, he thanked the league, Commissioner Adam Silver, and David Stern (the late NBA commissioner). Never in a million years did I think things could be any better than it is right now.

I would never in a million years dreamt this to be even better than what it is tonight”.

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