Lebron James became the NBA's all-time scoring on Tuesday (7/2/2023) passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's record during a 38-point performance in the Los Angeles Lakers' 133-130 defeat to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
James surpassed the mark held since April 1984 by Abdul-Jabbar, who watched the game from a baseline seat near the Lakers' bench.
Abdul-Jabbar then joined a clearly emotional James and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on the court after the historic basket.
James' mother, wife and children also watched from courtside amid a celebrity-studded crowd that rose in waves of anticipation nearly every time he touched the ball.
James scored 20 points in the first half with a full showcase of the offensive talent, that still shines blindingly after two decades in the NBA and he tore through the record in a 16-point third quarter. The game was stopped for about 10 minutes while James hugged his family and participated in a brief ceremony with silver and Abdul-Jabbar.