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Kareem Sets All-Time Scoring Record By: Chris Manning (LD2k)
Los Angeles Lakers 129, Utah Jazz 115
April 5, 1984
Between his unique demeanor and his spectacular acrobatics, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played a brilliant style of basketball that separated him from every other 7-footer that roamed the paint.
During his 20-year career, which spanned three decades, he established his ability to score at will. His own athletic creation, the quintessential sky hook, always helped him gain point after point with ease and beauty.
During his stellar career, he became the all-time leading scorer in the
regular season (38,387 points), playoffs (5,762), and the All-Star Game (251).
On April 5, 1984, Kareem led his Laker team to another victory defeating
the Utah Jazz 129-115. However this was not just another win, but a
great moment in not only Laker history, but NBA history as well.
Abdul-Jabbar would surpass Wilt Chamberlain's regular season scoring record. Midway through the fourth quarter, Kareem received a pass from Magic Johnson in the low post. The 7-foot-4-inch Utah center Mark Eaton immediately positioned himself behind Abdul-Jabbar, planting his body right into Kareem's back.
As Eaton pushed and shoved, Kareem used his saavy. He went with his "bread and butter move," starting with a fake to the right. As Eaton bit, he fell far enough
to the right for Kareem to turn to the opposite direction toward the left
baseline and allowing Kareem to set up for what would be a record-breaking shot. Eaton could not recover defensively, as Kareem was floating high towards the rafters.
Kareem elevated with his left arm in Eaton's chest, and right arm high
into the heavens. He unleashed a beautiful sky hook that rolled off his
gentle fingers and started its sweet path towards the basket.
As the ball fell perfectly through the net, he raised his career point total to 31,420, one point more than Chamberlain's career total, surpassing him as the NBA's all-time leading scorer. Not only did he set the new record, but he would continue to score nearly 7,000 more points in his next five seasons thanks to a few thousand more sky hooks.