In 20 seasons and 1,410 games, the 38-year-old LeBron James surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and achieved the glory of being the number one scorer in NBA history.
On February 8, the Lakers’ home stadium, the Crypto Arena, was packed. At the end of the third quarter against the Thunder, James scored 38,388 points in his career with an iconic jumper. This time the score was completely rewritten. record.
Since entering the NBA as the No. 1 pick in 2003, "The Chosen One" James has used various scoring methods to set NBA records. Looking back at James' career, James has left too many unforgettable classic moments on the road leading to "historical scoring first", and these scores worth remembering interpret James' life basketball story.
The young emperor was unstoppable. First scoring time in NBA career: October 30, 2003 . David Stern, who was then the president of the NBA, was the first to pronounce James' name in the draft, and the road to legend began.
In fact, many people probably, like James, will never forget that night. He scored 25 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists in the first game of his career. Although James lost the game that night, he played eye-catching statistics as the No. 1 high school student, and thus opened the way to become the "first scorer".
The youngest Mr. 5000 points
Since winning Rookie of the Year in the "rookie" season, James has entered an unstoppable state on a personal level . In the second season of his career, his scoring average came to 27.2 points, and in the third season of 2005-2006, his scoring average exceeded 30 points for the first time.
On January 22, 2006, in an away game against the Jazz, facing "AK47" Kirilenko, who is good at defense, James blasted 51 points. That night, he was only 21 years and 22 days old.
The youngest Mr. 10000 points
In the Eastern Division, it was difficult for James and the Cavaliers to surpass the mountain of the Celtics.
On June 28, 2008, another away game, James led the team to challenge the Boston Celtics. In that game, James still failed to defeat the "Green Army". Under the leadership of Ray Allen, the Celtics repelled the Cavaliers 92 to 87. That season didn't go well for James . However, in the face of the new overlord of the Eastern Conference, James still surpassed Kobe. When he was 23 years and 59 days old, James reached the milestone of 10,000 points, which was higher than when Kobe reached 10,000 points in 2003 (24 years old). Zero 193 days) is more than a year younger.
The youngest Mr. 20000 points
In several seasons with the Heat, James rewrote many records at the peak of his career.
In 2012-2013, James led the league in player efficiency rating (PER) for the sixth consecutive year. Throughout the season, the Heat maintained a crazy record of 66 wins and 16 losses, including the second 27-game winning streak in history.
"It means everything." James was interviewed by the media after becoming the youngest Mr. 20,000 points in history. At that time, James had changed from "little emperor" to "emperor", and he had become more mature and calm .
"First of all, like I said, it means I'm staying healthy. I want to keep doing what I love on the court, I love the game of basketball and I try to give it my all. Hopefully it continues to give back to me."
LeBron James wins championship for Cavaliers
The seventh Mr. 30,000 points in history
With two championship titles, James returned to Cleveland. James was 33 years old that year, and he also changed from the "traitor" in the mouth of Cleveland fans back to the "son of Akron".
Before meeting the San Antonio Spurs on January 24, 2018, James and his Cavaliers suffered a wave of losing streaks. Fans hoped that James' 30,000 points could change the team's momentum.
With 1.1 seconds left in the first quarter of that game, James faced Green and completed a mid-range pull-up jumper. This was James' 7th and 8th points in that game. His total NBA career score has accumulated to 30,000 points, becoming the seventh Mr. 30,000 points after Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe, Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Malone and Nowitzki.
James burst into tears
Beyond Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to achieve the first in history
The 38-year-old James still maintains a terrifying average of 30 points per game. He attacked with all his strength from the first minute of the game. In the first half, James scored 20 points. In the third quarter, James felt like he was in nowhere, scoring 16 points in a single quarter.
With the last drive left in the third quarter, James hit a mid-range jumper near the free throw line to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. At the moment when he became the historical scoring leader, James opened his arms and accepted the tribute from the fans. The game was suspended at this point, and a brief celebration ceremony was held.
When a tribute video was played on the big screen in the Crypto Arena, James cried.
"I want to thank the loyal fans of the Lakers, thank you for your support, thank you for keeping me humble. At the same time, please don't begrudge your cheers and give cheers to our old captain Kareem Abdul-Jabbar."
James thanked everyone, "My wife, my daughter, my children, my family and friends, thank you for your support and love over the past 20 years. Without your enthusiasm and sacrifice, I would not be where I am today. me."
In 1,410 games and more than 53,700 minutes, James used his persistence, dedication and love to rewrite the dusty history of the NBA for nearly 40 years. The data of the "unreachable" historical scoring champion will always be one of the most glorious chapters in basketball.