Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi strengthened her case as perhaps the greatest player in WNBA history Sunday by becoming the league's all-time leading scorer during her team's game against the Los Angeles Sparks.
The WNBA shared her record-setting points that surpassed Tina Thompson's previous mark of 7,488:
Points 7,488 & 7,489... a new record! #WNBA https://t.co/Ev53quUngQ2017-6-18 22:18:23
Taurasi commented on the achievement after the game:
Diana Taurasi on becoming the WNBA's all-time leading scorer! #WatchMeWork https://t.co/Jle6PB63Yo2017-6-18 23:55:20
Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Swin Cash and LeBron James were among those to comment on Taurasi's achievement:
Kevin Durant @KDTrey5
Yep, DT gets buckets. Any way you want em2017-6-18 22:29:06
Sports Illustrated @SInow
Game recognize game: Kobe on what he respects about Diana Taurasi's career after she breaks the WNBA's all-time scoring record https://t.co/BxARGq8nVD2017-6-18 22:16:46
Swin Cash @SwinCash
👏🏾👏🏾@DianaTaurasi on becoming the @wnba All Time Leading scorer! Ppl will remember your talent, I'll always remember u as teammate #selfless2017-6-18 23:07:41
Devin Booker @DevinBook
Congrats @DianaTaurasi. It's been a pleasure watching you. https://t.co/cSyHqbRPoF2017-6-18 22:49:44
Carli Lloyd @CarliLloyd
Congrats @DianaTaurasi!! Incredible achievement. #GOAT https://t.co/RKgzxRNeAC2017-6-18 22:59:24
.@KingJames salutes @DianaTaurasi for becoming the @WNBA's all-time leading scorer in history. #Respect https://t.co/QnVpJj0PkA2017-6-18 23:14:34
Prior to Sunday's accomplishment, Taurasi had already made WNBA history earlier this month. She led the Mercury to a 99-91 victory against the Chicago Sky with 37 points and eight three-pointers, which moved her into second place on the all-time scoring list and gave her the record for most triples in a career. According to the Associated Press (h/t USA Today), the effort moved Taurasi past Katie Smith, who held the previous record of 906 three-pointers.
Thompson, the WNBA's previous all-time leading scorer, played for the Houston Comets, Los Angeles Sparks and Seattle Storm from 1997 through 2013 and earned spots on eight different All-WNBA teams. Tamika Catchings, who played for the Indiana Fever throughout her entire 15-season career, is the only other player in WNBA history aside from Taurasi and Thompson to surpass the 7,000-point mark.
Taurasi has never played for a WNBA team other than the Mercury even though she sat out the 2015 season to rest for her Russian club team. She was the 2003-04 Rookie of the Year and 2008-09 league MVP, and she has been an 11-time member of a first or second All-WNBA Team. She is also a three-time WNBA champion.
Beyond all of that, she's now the greatest scorer in league history.