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Schmidt breaks Kareem's record
 Oscar Schmidt at the Olympics
Schmidt took part in the Atlanta Olympics
Brazilian basketball player Oscar Schmidt eclipsing the world point record of NBA legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar, according to Brazilian score counts.

The 43-year-old surpassed the mark when he scored two points for his club Flamengo against Fluminense in the Rio de Janeiro state championship.

The game was interrupted to celebrate the 46,727th point of his career, two more than Abdul Jabbar's 46,725-record.

"I want to share this special moment in my life with all of you who like me," a tearful Schmidt told fans in front of television cameras. "I'm proud to be Brazilian."

O Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper wrote that Schmidt's total is partly based on estimates of games dating back to the 1970s and 1980s.

Kareem Abdul Jabbar in action for the Lakers
Abdul Jabbar's record was 46,725
Strict point counts were not always kept in Brazil and so, about 6,384 points - from 1976 to 1983 - have been reconstructed.

This is on the basis of average scoring per game multiplied by the number of games he played.

A Brazilian journalist, Odir Cunha, who helped to reconstruct the score, told newspapers that Schmidt's overall total was realistic.

He said it was because the estimates had been conservative.

Schmidt was part of the Brazilian team that snapped the US men's basketball team's 34-game winning streak in the Pan Am Games in 1987.

He scored 46 points to lead Brazil to a 120-115 victory in that game.

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