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Now with basketball back in action, Laker Nation has decided to continue to take you back through Laker history to recap important games, record-breaking performances and memorable news from the past 64 years of the franchise.

DECEMBER 21, 1980

With Magic Johnson’s knee injury sidelining him for the previous 16 games, center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was tasked with taking the bulk of the scoring load. While Abdul-Jabbar had been shooting 62% and averaging 30 points per game over his last ten games in that stretch, the Lakers were only 5-5 in those games and had lost their last two straight games. Next on the schedule? The San Antonio Spurs, who had been riding a three-game winning streak and had won six of their previous seven games.

Abdul-Jabbar knew that his 33-year-old body would have to be responsible for a major portion of his team’s offense given a roster that gave Jim Chones and reserve Butch Carter sizable playing time. What Abdul-Jabbar didn’t know was that he sat only 38 points away from an NBA milestone only four other players up to that point had crossed: the 25,000 mark. In three quarters against the Spurs that Sunday night, Abdul-Jabbar scored 36 points, two shy of the mark as coach Paul Westhead sat Abdul-Jabbar to start the fourth quarter.

With less than eight minutes remaining in the game, Westhead sent Abdul-Jabbar back in, and with 6:16 on the clock, Abdul-Jabbar shot a 15-foot fall-away jump shot over Spurs center Dave Corzine to put himself at 38 points on the night and 25,000 on an 11-year career. Abdul-Jabbar would go on to score two more times in the fourth quarter, putting himself at a season-high 42 points and powering the Lakers to a 135-122 victory over the Spurs, an NBA-scoring high for the season.

Quote of the Night: “I wasn’t thinking about it (the record). I guess it kind of snuck up on me. The most important thing was the fact that we won tonight. I wasn’t thinking about setting any records. I’m just trying to play well.” – Laker center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar following his 42-point performance against the San Antonio Spurs, surpassing 25K career points. - From the LA Times, Dec. 22, 2003