YouTube Time Machine: Lakers' Abdul-Jabbar Breaks NBA Points Record, This Day in 1984
Here in Los Angeles, our love for the Lakers has recently earned us the distinction of being "starfuckers." But when it comes to stars and the purple and gold Lake Show, the legacy runs deep. Case in point: April 5, 1984 and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scoring "the 31,420th point of his career, breaking the NBA's all-time scoring record, which had been held by Wilt Chamberlain," explains History.
The game was against the Utah Jazz, played in Las Vegas, and the record-breaking point logged as over 18,000 fans looked on in the seats. History breaks down the action:
With less than nine minutes left in the game, Magic Johnson passed the ball to his 7'2" teammate and Abdul-Jabbar scored his 22nd point of the night and 31,420th point of his career. The game stopped as Abdul-Jabbar's teammates rushed to congratulate him and the fans gave him an extended standing ovation. Abdul-Jabbar, 37, was then taken out of the game, after making 10 of 14 baskets from the field and two out two from the foul line, plus five rebounds and three assists. The Lakers went on to win the game, 129-115.
Abdul-Jabbar remains the NBA's record-holder for career points, with 38,387 to his credit. Awww yeah! Now, fire up that YouTube time machine, and dial back to this epic moment in 1984.