NBA Game Notes (Feb. 7, 2023)
Here are the NBA game notes for games that were played on February 7, 2023.
The Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James made a 14-foot turnaround fadeaway with 10.9 seconds remaining in the third quarter to become the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Abdul-Jabbar had held the record since April 5, 1984, a period of 14,187 days. James had yet to be born when Abdul-Jabbar broke Wilt Chamberlain’s scoring mark.
Starting with the end of the NBA’s first season (1946-47), James is the seventh different player to hold the title of “scoring king”:
George Mikan (1952-53)
Dolph Schayes (1957-58)
Bob Pettit (1963-64)
Wilt Chamberlain (1965-66)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1983-84)
LeBron James (2022-23)
James finished with a game-high 38 points, adding seven rebounds and three steals. James shot 13-20 from the field — including 4-6 from 3-point range — and made eight of his 10 free throws.
James now has 531 career 30-point games, the second-most such games in NBA history:
562 — Michael Jordan
531 — LeBron James
515 — Wilt Chamberlain
435 — Karl Malone
431 — Kobe Bryant
While James got the accolades, the Thunder got the win, opening up a 15-point first-half lead before holding on for a 133-130 victory. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 30 points and eight assists, shooting 9-17 from the field and 11-12 from the free throw line. It’s the 32nd time Gilgeous-Alexander has scored at least 30 points in a game this season, the second-most such games in the NBA (Luka Doncic, 35).
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