UNDISPUTED! ‘King’ LeBron James Overthrows Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Right in Front of His Eyes

Published 02/08/2023, 12:30 AM EST

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Tuesday night wasn’t just any other night for the Los Angeles Lakers. It was a game that would go down in history as one of if not the greatest moments in the league. A galore of celebrities marched towards the courtside seats to watch LeBron James in his pursuit of breaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time scoring record. The Crypto.com Arena buzzed in excitement and thanked the heavens for giving them the opportunity to watch ‘King James’ complete his pre-game routine and prepare for a historic game. Three-quarters into the game, it happened – the moment everyone had been waiting for.

With a minute to go, the record was in sight. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar smiled from ear to ear, and LeBron’s family sat in anxious anticipation. Bronny James had his camera out, waiting to capture the moment of a lifetime. A countdown was on the screen as each of LeBron’s points was celebrated like it were a buzzer-beater.

LeBron James does it the Michael Jordan way


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Coming to the end of the third quarter, LeBron took a shot at history. With the Oklahoma City Thunders’ defenders on him, James dribbled and attempted to move toward the paint. With 7 seconds on the shot clock, he spun and threw in a fadeaway – akin to one of Michael Jordan’s signature shots. The ball splashed into the basket as the arena exploded into an MVP chant. LeBron threw his hands up and ran across the court as the cameras followed him.


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His family rushed to the court and his good friend, Dwyane Wade captured the moment on his camera. Chaos ensued as LeBron Raymone James Sr. from Akron, Ohio broke a record that was once believed to be unbreakable. Furthermore, he did so with millions around the world watching him.  

Moments later, Adam Silver, the NBA Commissioner, announced that history had been created. Abdul-Jabbar presented LeBron with the game ball and ‘King James’ shed a few happy tears. James thanked his family, friends, and the entire league. After the presentation, he continued to embrace the several legends and celebrities around him as the entire world celebrated the historic moment.

NBA world goes crazy and WHY NOT!

NBA fans exclaimed online while declaring LeBron to be the greatest of all time. They typed in all caps as they congratulated James. Many were in disbelief that this moment had occurred as they bathed in this celebration. They expressed their love for King James and hailed his craft.

Here are some of the reactions from NBA Twitter:


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Written by:

Shriya Rajachandra


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Shriya Rajachandra is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. She earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism, Psychology, and Communicative English. Shriya previously interned at The New Indian Express, but her favorite journalist, Marcus Thompson motivated her to start writing about basketball.
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Edited by:

Veer Badani