LeBron James passes 38,000 points and is going after Abdul-Jabbar’s NBA’s record

LeBron James, who turned 38 on December 30, has become only the second player in NBA history to score 38,000 career points.

King James reached that milestone with 5:43 left in the first quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers‘ 112-113 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers at Crypto.com Arena.

LeBron finished the game with 35 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists, 1 steal and 1 block, falling two baskets shy of a triple-double.

The player who did have a triple-double was reserve Russell Westbrook, who had 20 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists coming off the bench, but was blocked by Georges Niang on the final play that could have won the game for the Lakers.

Leading the line for the Sixers was Joel Embiid, who finished the night with 35 points and 11 rebounds, and James Harden (24 points, 7 rebounds and 13 assists).

NBA all-time leading scorers: LeBron James is close to surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The only player to have reached 38,000 points is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer with 38,387 regular season points.

EFE estimates that if James, who is averaging 29 points per game this season, continues with this scoring rate, he could overtake Abdul-Jabbar in February to become the NBA’s new all-time leading scorer.

LeBron: Being close to breaking the NBA’s most sought-after record is humbling for me

When James made his NBA debut on October 29, 2003, with the Cleveland Cavaliers, he scored 25 points in a loss to the Sacramento Kings,

At the time, the Akron phenom was behind 2,708 players on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

In October 2022, James, in his 20th NBA season, acknowledged that he was humbled to be within striking distance of Abdul-Jabbar‘s record.

“To come close to breaking what is probably the most sought after and chased record in the NBA, something that many thought would never be done, well it’s an amazing and cool thing, but also humbling for me,” James stated.

Jabbar encouraged LeBron to break his record for all-time NBA leading scorer

In October 2021, Jabbar encouraged LeBron to take his record.

“If it happens, I’ll be excited,” Abdul-Jabbar said.

“I don’t see records as personal achievements, but more as human achievements. If a person can do something that has never been done, that means that we all have the opportunity to do it.

“He is a source of hope and inspiration. Roger Bannister broke the record for the mile by running under four minutes in 1954. Since then, not only has it been broken numerous times in that time, but the new record is 17 seconds down.

“We all win when a record is broken and if LeBron breaks mine, I’ll be there to cheer him on.”