LeBron James added another record to his extensive list as he became only the 2nd player in NBA history to pass the 38,000 points mark. The milestone puts James behind only NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the all-time scoring list, the latter of whom has 38,387 points.
James passed 38,000 points with a 20-foot first quarter jumper over P.J. Tucker via an assist served up by point guard Russell Westbrook. James ended the night with 35 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists although the Lakers would ultimately lose the contest 113-112 to the Philadelphia 76ers. The fact that James became the 2nd-all time leading scorer in NBA history did little to lift his spirts after the game however, as the 38-year-old reporter told reporters, “It’s just frustrating to get into those positions and not be able to come out with the victory. We got the stop, gave ourselves a chance to win, and didn’t execute. … We’re playing good basketball. We’re just not winning games.”
The Philadelphia 76ers were fueled by solid performances from center Joel Embiid — who ended the night with 35 points and 11 rebounds — and guard James Harden, who had 24 points and 13 assists.
Although James didn’t want to talk about his 38,000 point milestone after the game, we will: James remains on pace to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the all-time scoring record. He’s only 364 points away at this point and based on his current production he could claim the all-time scoring record sometime in February. Behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Lebron James on the all-time scoring list are Karl Malone (36,298), Kobe Bryant (33,643), Michael Jordan (32,292) and Dirk Nowitzki (31,560).
What do you think of the fact that LeBron James became the second player in NBA history to pass 38,000 points on Monday? Do you think he’ll be able to surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time scoring record? Let us know what you think in the comments.