Abdul-Jabbar outscores Chamberlain

On April 5, 1984, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored his 31,420th career point, breaking Wilt Chamberlain’s all-time record while assisting the Los Angeles Lakers in a 129-115 victory over the Utah Jazz.

With less than nine minutes left in the game, Abdul-Jabbar received the ball from Magic Johnson. It was his 22nd game point in front of 18,000 at the the Thomas and Mack Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 

Abdul-Jabbar was born April 16, 1947 in New York City as Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr. and changed his name after converting to Islam in 1971. The UCLA center helped the Bruins to NCAA championships, in 1967, 1968 and 1969. He was chosen by the Milwaukee Bucks as the first overall draft pick in the 1969 NBA draft where his talent entitled him to the Rookie of the Year Award.

Abdul-Jabbar remains the top NBA player when it comes to career points scored with 38,387. Next in line is Karl Malone with 36,928 and the top current player is Kobe Bryant with 33,498. Abdul-Jabbar also has the most minutes played (54,446) and most blocked shots (3,189) of any NBA player. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame with the class of 1995.

In November 2009 the father of five was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia and in February 2011, was determined to be cancer free.

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