Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James made significant NBA history on Saturday when he surpassed Karl Malone for second all-time in NBA scoring. While the Lakers couldn’t earn a win during LeBron’s big day, the King broke his silence on his accomplishment via Instagram on Sunday morning, expressing his joy at staking his claim on another monumental accomplishment.
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James expressed his gratitude for those who supported him along the way to becoming the second-leading scorer in NBA history. Of course, he also left a small dig for the haters and doubters who claimed he isn’t “a scorer,” having a laugh at their expense.
James’ 38 points led the charge for the Lakers in their loss to the Washington Wizards, leaving him with 36,947 career points, 19 ahead of Malone. LeBron now sits less than 1,500 points from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for most points in NBA history.
LeBron shared footage of the moment he overtook Malone on the all-time scoring list, a signature step-back 3 from the King over young forward Rui Hachimura. He also added a graphic featuring himself, Malone, Michael Jordan, and Kobe Bryant, with the text “No. 2 All-Time Leading Scorer” written in the top.
Fans, league mates, and teammates, both current and past, flooded the comment section on his Instagram post, congratulating LeBron on his legendary accomplishment. He’ll certainly be celebrating the lastest notch in his endless list of accolades, but it’d have been a far sweeter moment if it had come during a win.