Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored 14 points and became the second-leading scorer in National Basketball Association history last night as the Los Angeles Lakers trounced the visiting Utah Jazz, 117-86.
Abdul-Jabbar, in his 13th NBA season, passed Oscar Robertson after 8:06 of the first quarter when he scored on a short left-handed hook shot, giving him seven points for the game and a career total of 26,711 points to Robertson's 26,710. Wilt Chamberlain holds the top spot with 31,419.
Robertson, a teammate of Abdul-Jabbar's for four seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks, traveled west from his home in Cincinnati to see the one-sided game.
The game was stopped when Abdul-Jabbar, 34, reached the milestone and Robertson came on the court and said, "Congratulations to a great player and a great friend of mine."
The crowd of 11,384 at the Forum gave Abdul-Jabbar a standing ovation of about 45 seconds following his achievement.
In other games, the Indiana Pacers edged the Boston Celtics behind Johnny Davis' 21 points; Maurice Lucas scored 28 points and had 19 rebounds as the New York Knicks won their third straight game, 112-100, over the Detroit Pistons; Sidney Montcrief scored a career high 39 points to spark the Milwaukee Bucks over struggling Cleveland, 126-110, and Julius Erving scored 30 points and blocked three shots to lead Philadelphia over Atlanta, 107-98.
Also, Phil Ford hit a basket with seven seconds left to cap a rally that lifted Kansas City to a 106-104 victory over Houston; Truck Robinson scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Phoenix defeated San Diego, 117-94; Portland snapped Denver's five-game winning streak, 121-113, with Calvin Natt scoring 30 points, and Seattle defeated Chicago, 104-87.