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
Despite missing 11 games this season, James has already blown past
Abdul-Jabbar’s point total during his entire 20th and final season. James has scored 1,326 points in 44 games in 2022-23; Abdul-Jabbar scored 748 for the 1988-89 season.
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.”
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James reached the career record milestone with a 21-foot fadeaway jumper with 10.9 seconds left in the third quarter, giving him 38,388 for his career.
LAST 5 GAMES
“The scoring record was never, ever even thought of in my head because I’ve always been a pass-first guy.”
To ESPN’s Dave McMenamin
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