The King’s Quest
LeBron has broken Kareem’s record
LeBron James has passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to become the NBA's all-time leading scorer. Abdul-Jabbar had been atop the career points list since April 5, 1984, when he broke the mark previously held by Wilt Chamberlain. Now James has that record.
James came into Tuesday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder needing to score 36 points to surpass Abdul-Jabbar's career total of 38,387. He finished with 38.
JAMES VS. ABDUL-JABBAR
YEAR-BY-YEAR POINT TOTALS
20TH YEAR COMPARISON
“It’s just amazing to watch him. It’s his 20th season, and what he’s doing -- he’s scoring 30, 40 almost every night. He’s just incredible.”
LAST 5 GAMES
“The scoring record was never, ever even thought of in my head because I’ve always been a pass-first guy.”
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