Los Angeles Lakers forward Lebron James broke the NBA all time scoring record last night after it remained untouchable for more than 40 years.
The new record was set when James hit a fadeaway jumper from the top of the key late in the third quarter. The four-time NBA champion surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s career total of 38,387 points that has been in place since 1984.
James is one of seven players to break 30,000 career points and the youngest in NBA history to do it. The 38-year-old is averaging 30 points per game this season. Many believed that this record would never be touched, but the kid from Akron did just that, earning 38,390 points in 1,410 games played in his career.
Magic Johnson congratulated James on Twitter.
“Wow, never in my lifetime did I think I would see two NBA athletes score over 38,000 points!” tweeted the five-time champion Magic Johnson.”
The four-time finals MVP paused for a second, rested his hands on his knees, and smiled as his family and friends jumped out of their seats in commemoration and joined him on the court.
He finished the night with 38 points, shooting 65 percent from the field, to go along with seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.
-By Kevin Khachatryan, Staff Writer