It was only a matter of time before the Phoenix Mercury's Diana Taurasi eclipsed Tina Thompson as the WNBA's all-time leader in points scored.
The Mercury were defeated 90-59 by the Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday, but Taurasi stole the headlines. She entered the game needing just 14 points to surpass Thompson's 7,488, and she scored them all in the first half. Taurasi finished with 19 on the day.
Taurasi's alma mater UConn and several of Arizona's pro teams sent out congratulatory tweets to the 35-year-old.
— UConn Women's Hoops (@UConnWBB) June 18, 2017
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) June 18, 2017
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) June 18, 2017
— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) June 18, 2017
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) June 19, 2017
Thompson knew this day would soon come. She shared a few words for "DT."
So did Kobe Bryant, who has been following the progression of this historic moment throughout the WNBA season. The Mamba is the third-leading scorer in NBA history.
— WNBA (@WNBA) June 18, 2017
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) June 19, 2017
LeBron James, who is currently seventh on the NBA's all-time scoring list, posted a video via his Uninterrupted Twitter account congratulating Taurasi. He also made sure to note that she was wearing a pair of his sneakers when breaking the record.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 18, 2017
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) June 18, 2017
Numerous coaches and former and current athletes showed their love for the three-time WNBA champion and four-time USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year -- including Kevin Durant, who knows a thing or two about getting buckets.
Yep, DT gets buckets. Any way you want em
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) June 18, 2017
— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) June 18, 2017
— WNBA (@WNBA) June 19, 2017
— Swin Cash (@SwinCash) June 18, 2017
— dawnstaley (@dawnstaley) June 18, 2017
— Carli Lloyd (@CarliLloyd) June 18, 2017
— Ticha Penicheiro (@TichaPenicheiro) June 18, 2017
Congratulations to Diana Taurasi on yet another amazing accomplishment! We appreciate all you have done for the game and our AZ community!
— Charli Turner Thorne (@ASUCoachCharli) June 18, 2017
— Jay Wright (@VUCoachJWright) June 18, 2017
— Greivis Vasquez (@greivisvasquez) June 18, 2017
— U.S. Olympic Team (@TeamUSA) June 19, 2017
— Kerri Walsh Jennings (@kerrileewalsh) June 19, 2017
Congrats @DianaTaurasi !! The GOAT!
— Mia Hamm (@MiaHamm) June 19, 2017
— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) June 19, 2017
— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) June 19, 2017
Taurasi now has 7,494 points for her WNBA career. She'll undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest women's basketball players of all time.
-- Josiah Turner