From achieving back-to-back Olympic gold medals to becoming the NBA’s all-time scoring leader, LeBron James indeed has established his life-long mark on the international basketball scene.
On Tuesday, Los Angeles Lakers star player LeBron brought home the bacon as he smashed the NBA’s scoring record with an epic fadeaway bucket at the Crypto.com Arena. James didn’t end it with an iconic sky hook, but a breath-taking moment of the 15-foot gateway in the closing seconds of the third quarter was still remarkable when he reached the peak of his shooting prowess and was hailed as the ‘all-time lead-scorer’.
LeBron finished the game against Oklahoma City Thunder with 38 points, putting him at 38, 890 throughout his career– and counting. King James is the only player in the history of the NBA to record a huge number of points, rebounds, and assists– surpassing the legendary record set by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the former all-time scoring master in NBA history.
Here are a few of the many noteworthy events in James’ scoring history:
- He has documented two game-winning buzzer-beaters during his regular-season career.
- He is the only player in history to clench the highest per-game scoring average (minimum 50 games) for three distinct franchises (Cavaliers, Heat, Lakers).
- He has scored at least 10 points in 1,140 straight games, by far the longest streak in history.
- He has accumulated 19 percent of his career point total with the Lakers.
- He has finished as a top-20 scorer in an NBA-record 20 consecutive seasons.
- He has scored at least 20 points in an NBA record 1,173 games.
- He earned 21 percent of his career point total with the Miami Heat.
- He is the youngest (20) and oldest (38) player to average 25 PPG for a season.
- He has 531 career 30-point games.
- His highest single-season scoring average, which he attained with the Cavaliers in 2005-2006.
- His single-game scoring high for 2015-16, the only regular season of his career that he failed to register a 40-point game.
- He is the only player in history to have at least one 40-point game against all 30 franchises.
- He has 74 career 40-point games (Wilt Chamberlain holds the record at 271.
- He has 14 career 50-point games.
- He is the only player with multiple 50-point games after turning 35
- He is a career 50-percent shooter in the regular season.
- He is the youngest player in history to reach every 1,000-point milestone.
Congratulations on your well-deserved success, LeBron!
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