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Diana Taurasi sparks reaction after becoming WNBA's all-time leading scorer

It was only a matter of time before the Phoenix Mercury's Diana Taurasi eclipsed Tina Thompson as the WNBA's all-time leader in points scored.

The Mercury were defeated 90-59 by the Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday, but Taurasi stole the headlines. She entered the game needing just 14 points to surpass Thompson's 7,488, and she scored them all in the first half. Taurasi finished with 19 on the day.

Taurasi's alma mater UConn and several of Arizona's pro teams sent out congratulatory tweets to the 35-year-old.

Thompson knew this day would soon come. She shared a few words for "DT."

So did Kobe Bryant, who has been following the progression of this historic moment throughout the WNBA season. The Mamba is the third-leading scorer in NBA history.

LeBron James, who is currently seventh on the NBA's all-time scoring list, posted a video via his Uninterrupted Twitter account congratulating Taurasi. He also made sure to note that she was wearing a pair of his sneakers when breaking the record.

Numerous coaches and former and current athletes showed their love for the three-time WNBA champion and four-time USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year -- including Kevin Durant, who knows a thing or two about getting buckets.

Taurasi now has 7,494 points for her WNBA career. She'll undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest women's basketball players of all time.

-- Josiah Turner