The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Utah Jazz to advance to the next round of the league’s in-season tournament, and LeBron James made NBA history once again on Tuesday by becoming the first player to surpass the 39,000-point mark.
In the opening quarter of the Lakers’ 131-99 victory, the 38-year-old made history by making a three-pointer. Coming into the game, he needed just five points to attain the milestone.
Following his announcement as the NBA’s all-time top scorer, James gave a toast to the fans after surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the previous season.
In regards to his most recent scoring achievement, James stated, “I haven’t really had a chance to wrap my head around what it means.”
Since the league’s founding, there have been countless outstanding players and scorers.
Being the first at something is usually an awesome feeling. A very crazy moment, indeed.
James’ historic achievement created a joyous atmosphere at the Crypto.com Arena as the Lakers won handily and advanced to the quarterfinals of the in-season competition.
Anthony Davis led the Lakers in scoring with 26 points, 16 rebounds, and four assists, while James finished with 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting.
In Phoenix’s 120-107 thumping of the Portland Trail Blazers, Kevin Durant also reached a scoring milestone, climbing to 11th place on the NBA’s career scoring record.
Durant defeated Elvin Hayes in a free-flowing first quarter, needing just 14 points to pass him in the scoring charts. With his final point total of 31, Durant led the Phoenix scoring with 27,331 points in his career.