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LeBron James became only the second player in NBA history to score 38,000 career points

NBA Player LeBron James, the Los Angeles forward on Sunday night advanced to some astonishing position in the NBA points table with his point production in L.A.’s 113-112 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. The 38-year-old star became the second player in NBA history to score 38,000 career points. He is the only other player to reach such a big record after Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who is the league’s all-time leading scorer. 

Playing against Philadelphia, James needed 11 points to achieve the milestone and it didn’t take him too long to do so. He reached the mark on a jump shot midway through the first quarter.

James ended the game with 35 points, 10 assists, and eight rebounds, but ultimately his production wasn’t quite enough to take the Lakers to a win.

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James, the four-time NBA Champion (2012, 2013, 2016, 2020), is now less than 400 points away from crossing Abdul-Jabbar to become the NBA’s all-time leading scorer—an incredible feat for any other player, let alone a guy who has always considered himself to be a pass-first player. Barring any major injury issues. Also Read: 3 records by Nikola Jokic this Christmas

He talked about the impending accomplishment at the start of the season.

James and Abdul-Jabbar don’t have any close bond between them, but they will now be forever linked in the history of NBA books as the first two players ever to score 38,000 career points.

Top five players, who scored the most points in NBA history:                                                                                                                              

Players                                                    Points     
1.Kareem Abdul-Jabbar   38,387  
2.LeBron James   38,024
3.Karl Malone       36,928
4.Kobe Bryant     33, 643
5.Michael Jordan          32,292

Here’s what LeBron James said after achieving a milestone; 

“To sit here and to know that I’m on the verge of breaking probably the most sought-after record in the NBA, things that people said would probably never be done, I think it’s just super humbling for myself,” James said at media day. “I think it’s super cool. Obviously, Kareem has had his differences with some of my views and some of the things that I do.

“But at the end of the day, to be able to be in the same breath as a guy that wore this same uniform, a guy that was a staple of this franchise, along with Magic [Johnson], Big Game [James Worthy] over there for so many years, especially in the ’80s, and a guy that does a lot off the floor as well, I think is just super-duper dope, for myself to even be in that conversation.”

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February 2024