SAN FRANCISCO — Earlier this season, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry made NBA history. The two-time MVP passed Ray Allen to become the all-time leader in 3-pointers made and continues to add to his total.
Saturday, another historical milestone was reached, and this time it was Curry's opponent making history. Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in points scored in a career, with regular season and playoff games included.
“It’s wild to think about how many games he’s played, how long he’s been doing it, the longevity of it all is legendary,” Curry told ClutchPoints. “When you’re in that position when you play that many games, you’ve been in so many different playoff runs, he’s obviously won championships and has done it year after year after year. There’s no real end in sight I don’t think, but that’s a pretty special accomplishment.”
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There wasn't much of a celebration when the moment happened because it was a Warriors home game. It happened and the game continued, but no matter how much the feat was acknowledged, Curry still thinks it was incredible.
“I know he’s probably got his eyes set on the actual scoring list (regular season) or whatever it is. I don’t know how far he is off from that, but it’s crazy to think about,” the Warriors star said after defeating the Lakers.
LeBron has 36,526 points scored in the regular season, which is third behind Kareem (38,387) and Karl Malone (36,928). Given good health, The King could easily become the points king next season.
The Warriors spoiled the moment by defeating the Lakers, 117-115. It came down to a controversial foul call that gave James a chance to make three free throws to tie the game. He missed the first one, and that lost the game:
Warriors win 117-115. pic.twitter.com/gNJ0QuDvow
— Mark Haynes (@markhaynesnba) February 13, 2022
A special night had a sour ending for The King.