LeBron James vaulted himself into the history books against the Oklahoma City Thunder last night.
No, he wasn’t given the BPC award -- “Biggest Professional Crybaby” --, and he didn’t earn the title of “Greatest NBA Social Justice Warrior.” On Tuesday evening, James became the NBA’s all time leader in career points scored.
James hit a fadeaway jump shot from the free throw line in the waning seconds of the third quarter over Thunder guard Kenrich Williams, which served as his 38,388th career point. The shot broke former Los Angeles Lakers forward Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's record of 38,387 points, a mark that lasted for 38 years.
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While the visitors got the last laugh by winning 133-130, James was still basking in the glory of his accomplishment after the game.
"Everything just stopped. It gave me an opportunity to embrace it and look around and seeing my family, the fans, my friends. It was pretty cool,” James said after hitting the shot. “I probably can count on my hands how many times I have cried in 20 years, either in happiness or in defeat. So that moment was one of them when I kind of teared up a little bit. It was 'I can't believe what's going on' tears."
Now that James has the scoring record, he needs to divert all his energy to making sure the Lakers make it to the playoffs. Los Angeles currently sits at 25-30 and two games out of a play-in tournament spot.
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