LeBron James: Rihanna, Steph Curry, Drake Lead Tributes After Los Angeles Star Surpasses Kareem’s NBA Record

LeBron James: Rihanna, Steph Curry, Drake Lead Tributes After Los Angeles Star Surpasses Kareem’s NBA Record

  • LeBron James cemented his name as one of the best players ever in NBA history
  • He broke Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's record as the highest-scoring player of all-time
  • Celebrities such as Rihanna, Drake and Kendrick Lamar sent him congratulations

LeBron James has been serenaded by different celebrities, following his record-breaking night at the Crypto.com Arena on Wednesday morning.

James bagged 38 points against the Oklahoma City Thunder to break and surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, as the highest-scoring player in the history of the NBA.

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LeBron James celebrates breaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's record to become the highest-scorer of the NBA. Photo by Adam Pantozzi.
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Abdul-Jabbar broke the then-existing record by Wilt Chamberlain in 1984, before extending it further by the time he retired in 1989. By that time, he had amassed 38,387 points.

James' 38-point haul took him to 38,388 points since he began his career nearly two decades ago.

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Congratulatory messages for LeBron James

Golden State Warriors star, Stephen Curry joined other celebrities in congratulating the 38-year-old for his new fete.

"Congratulations on becoming NBA's all-time leading scorer," said Curry.

Popular pop star, Rihanna, who is set to perform at this weekend's Super Bowl said:

"I am so grateful to witness this moment in history. My favourite thing about being a LeBron James fan is watching you prove yourself over and over again against all odds and all doubt. Thank you for repping for all of us."

God's Plan hitmaker Drake said:

"What a legendary night in NBA history."

Kendrick Lamar said:

"From the time you went to the league you had the doubters and the naysayers and people who thought you couldn't go this far, you proved them wrong."

The only other active NBA player on the all-time scoring list is Kevin Durant, with 26,684 points at the time of publication.

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LeBron's top five NBA games

Sports Brief has also reported on James making a compelling argument as to why he should be called the GOAT of the NBA, breaking Abdul-Jabbar’s hallowed record.

One interesting fact has since emerged: LeBron has more 50-point games (14) than single-digit scoring games (8) in his illustrious career.

With the star now the league’s all-time scoring leader, Sports Brief looks back at the five highest-scoring regular season games of his career.

Source: SportsBrief.com