1989: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar becomes the first NBA player to score 38,000 points, reaching the milestone with the first basket in a Los Angeles Lakers' home game against the New Jersey Nets. Abdul-Jabbar would finish the game with 18 points to give him 38,017 for his career. He would retire after that season with a total of 38,387 points, which still ranks him No. 1 among all-time NBA points leaders. No other player has yet to break 38,000 and only four others (Karl Malone, Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant) have cracked 30,000. Abdul-Jabbar is seen here in 2006.