LeBron James Hits 39K: Lakers Triumph with Record-Breaking Victory!
The 38-year-old has broken Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s previous record of 38,387 points, which had stood since 1984 – James’s birth year – and is still leading the all-time scoring records.
James needed just five points to surpass the 39,000 mark going into the Lakers’ game against the Jazz on Tuesday, nine months after he became the best scorer in NBA history. He did so in the first quarter of the game en route to a 17-point performance.
In a dominating win for the Lakers, who were led by Anthony Davis’ 26 points and Austin Reaves’ 19 points off the bench, James also contributed seven rebounds and nine assists.
After yet another historic evening, James is quoted by ESPN as stating, “I got congratulated by my teammates and coaches, (but) I haven’t had an opportunity to really wrap my head around what that means.”
“Since the beginning of time, this league has produced several outstanding players and scores.
I always think it’s very great to be able to accomplish something that’s the first of something. Without a doubt, this is an exciting time.”
With their fourth win in four games in West Group A of the In-Season tournament, the Lakers secured a spot in the knockout stages for Darvin Ham’s team with their victory at the Crypto.com Arena.
The first competition’s quarterfinals start on December 4. On Wednesday night, the Lakers, who are currently sixth in the Western Conference, play the Dallas Mavericks.