On Tuesday, LeBron James made NBA history by breaking the scoring record late in the third quarter with an 18-foot fadeaway jumper.
This historic moment was done in the same arena where Kobe Bryant scored 60 points in his farewell game and where Shaquille O’Neal took home the MVP award in 2000. LeBron James, 38, is a four-time NBA championship player, and a four-time MVP, and he has scored more points in the playoffs in NBA history.
He needed just 36 to take his title and with about 10 seconds left in the game, LeBron took the title with 38 points.
And now, Abdul-Jabbar’s forty-year dominance as the player with the most regular-season scores has come to a halt.
It’s safe to say that the GOAT debate surrounding LeBron is just getting more amped up as his fans cheer him on and bask in his greatness after witnessing such a moment.
The world stopped when he scored his last point. Everyone was on their feet with their phones out capturing the groundbreaking moment. His sons, Bryce and Bronny, run on the court in excitement and awe of their father.
“Tonight, I actually felt like I was sitting on top of the arena when that shot went in, and the roar from the crowd,” James said, “Everything just stopped. It gave me an opportunity to embrace it and look around and seeing my family, the fans, my friends.” The game was filled with stars including Jay-Z, Bad Bunny, Usher, Denzel Washington, and Maverick Carter, LeBron’s childhood friend and business partner.
“Man for man? I think he’s at the top of the list,” said Lakers coach Darvin Ham.