With just below 11 seconds left within the third quarter at Crypto.com Area on Tuesday night time, time appeared to go in sluggish movement.

LeBron James launched a pull-up from the left elbow by the foul line that hung within the air — the identical air followers in attendance refused to breathe in or out because the ball sank by means of the online for profession level quantity 38,388.

“LeBron James … a shot at historical past… AND THERE IT IS,” TNT’s Brian Anderson mentioned in a name that can go down in historical past. “LEBRON STANDS ALONE. The NBA’s all-time scoring file now belongs to LeBron James!”

James got here into the night time needing 36 factors agains the Thunder, a complete it took him simply three quarters to get. It was one other instance of the effectivity of his profession, having surpassed Abdul-Jabbar’s mark in 151 fewer video games and three,714 fewer minutes.

Abdul-Jabbar, the Lakers legend was readily available to actually hand the torch over James, as the sport was halted for a quick ceremony.

“Simply need to say thanks to the Laker devoted, you guys are one among a sort,” James mentioned in an emotional deal with to the house crowd. “To be within the presence of a legend and one of many best resembling Kareem is humbling. Give a standing ovation to the captain, please.

“All people that’s ever been part of this run for the final 20 years, I simply need to say thanks. … F–ok man… thanks guys!”

Although James added simply two extra factors on the night time in a dropping effort — the Lakers fell 133-130 — it appears he’ll have lots to tack on to his file. At 38 years outdated, he’s averaging 30 factors per recreation and exhibits few, if any, indicators of slowing down.