The NBA’s 38-year-old scoring record has fallen. For many of our readers (myself included), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been the all-time leading scorer since before we were born. No more. Roughly 30 percent of readers thought LeBron James would break the record on a jump shot, and it’s a shot you’ll see on highlight reels for decades to come.
Let’s crown The King…
The King’s Scoring Crown
LeBron James (38 Points) Breaks NBA’s All-Time Scoring Record
After nearly 39 years, the NBA’s all-time scoring record has been rewritten. It was April 5, 1984 when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar took the crown from Wilt Chamberlain. LeBron James was born eight months later. Fast forward to last night. On February 7, 2023, it was the kid from Akron who took the crown from Kareem and broke the record that many believed would never be touched. James entered Tuesday’s Lakers-Thunder matchup needing 36 points to make history, and he did it in three quarters.
The King Claims the Crown
After a 20-point first half, LeBron erupted in the third quarter with a pair of 3s and a few fast-break layups to reach 34 points. The Lakers faithful rose to their feet for a series of possessions with history on the line. In the final seconds of the third, James dribbled to the left elbow for a step-back jumper — nothing but net.
Watch: LeBron James Breaks NBA All-Time Scoring Record
A Media Timeout Fit For A King
With ten seconds left in the third, the game was paused for more than ten minutes to celebrate the historic moment. James held back tears as he was joined by his family and friends at center court. A tribute video played on the jumbotron and commissioner Adam Silver teed up the passing of the torch. Kareem handed a ball to LeBron before the new scoring king gave a quick speech.
James finished with 38 points on 13-for-20 shooting, including four 3s, but the Lakers lost despite a late rally (133-130).
Watch: LeBron James Tribute Video & Full 38-Point Highlights
NBA’s All-Time Scoring Leaders
1. LeBron James (38,390 points)
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points)
3. Karl Malone (36,928 points)
4. Kobe Bryant (33,643 points)
5. Michael Jordan (32,292 points)
6. Dirk Nowitzki (31,560 points)
7. Wilt Chamberlain (31,419 points)
8. Shaquille O’Neal (28,596 points)
9. Carmelo Anthony (28,289 points)
10. Moses Malone (27,409 points)
Top Active Players: 14. Kevin Durant (26,684 points), 27. James Harden (24,233 points), 28. Russell Westbrook (24,098 points), 38. Chris Paul (21,404 points), 39. Stephen Curry (21,183 points), 40. DeMar DeRozan (21,164 points), 68. Damian Lillard (18,805 points)
The King’s Reign
At 38 years old, LeBron is adamant that he plans to play for a few more years. If his body holds up, he should finish well above 40,000 points. And while there are arguments to be made about who is the “GOAT,” there’s no debate on longevity. In Year 20, the King officially sits on the NBA’s scoring throne, and his reign may never end.
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SUPER BOWL LVII
Destiny Birds: Will History Repeat?
How This Year’s Super Bowl Run Feels Eerily Similar to the Last Time the Eagles Won It All
As Super Bowl week rolls on and the storylines keep piling up, our team did some research to dive deeper into the unique trends around this year’s big game. And we found some correlations that could signal destiny for the Eagles on Sunday. The eery synchronicity dates back to five years ago with a series of events prior to Philadelphia’s first Super Bowl win when they beat New England and Tom Brady (41-33).
2017-18 Sports Champions
In 2017, the Golden State Warriors won the NBA Finals before the Houston Astros won the World Series. Three months later, the Eagles went on to win Super Bowl LII.
2022-23 Sports Champions
In 2022, the Golden State Warriors won the NBA Finals before the Houston Astros won the World Series. Three months later, the Eagles are back in the Super Bowl. Coincidence?
In that 2017-18 campaign, when Philly won its first Lombardi Trophy, the Eagles were the No. 1 seed in the NFC. They had a quarterback (Carson Wentz) who was an MVP candidate before suffering an injury. They went on to defeat the quarterback who eventually won MVP that season — Tom Brady — in the big game. And this year has been no different. Eagles QB Jalen Hurts was a top MVP candidate before suffering a shoulder injury in December. They’re the No. 1 seed. And they’ll be playing the quarterback who will likely win MVP in Patrick Mahomes.
It doesn’t stop there. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was in his second year at the helm when the Birds won it in 2018. New head coach Nick Sirianni is in, you guessed it, Year 2.
Stop the Madness!
No can do… When the Eagles beat the Patriots in 2018, New England was appearing in their third Super Bowl in four years. Sunday marks the Chiefs’ third Super Bowl appearance in four years, too.
Guess the Margin
In those 2017-18 years, the Warriors won the Finals (4-1) and the Astros won the World Series (4-2) while the Eagles beat the Pats (41-33). Both margins of victory were tighter in 2022 with the Warriors (4-2) and Astros (4-3) winning less convincingly. The Eagles could be in line for a narrow win, but a win nonetheless, if history repeats itself.
Will the sports gods smile on Philly once again?
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NCAA Basketball Highlights
M: #8 Virginia def. #22 NC State (63-50)
M: #12 Kansas State def. #17 TCU (82-61)
M: #18 Indiana def. #24 Rutgers (66-60)
M: #21 UConn def. #10 Marquette (87-72)
W: #16 Oklahoma def. Baylor (98-92, OT)
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In men’s college basketball, six jobs are already open in the 2023 cycle just days into February, including high-profile vacancies at Texas and Notre Dame. These are the job situations to keep an eye on. (Sports Illustrated)
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Two NFL teams still have unfinished business this season, but most of the league has already turned its attention to 2023. One of the first orders of business will be deciding whether to place the franchise tag on an impending free agent. (Bleacher Report)
Regardless of how or whether Manchester City is punished for financial violations, the biggest question is how European soccer plans to contend with a growing sector of oligarch playthings and sportswashing superpowers. (The Ringer)