LeBron James has achieved a scoring milestone that only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has achieved in NBA history.
James continued his pursuit of Abdul-Jabbar’s scoring record by scoring the 38,000th point of his career on Sunday during the Los Angeles Lakers’ matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers.
James reached the milestone by hitting a straight jumper that brought him 38,001 career points.
James entered Sunday’s game needing 11 points to reach the milestone. He scored 12 points midway through the first and hit a jumper with 5:41 left in the quarter. James is less than 400 points behind the all-time record held by Abdul-Jabbar, who has long held the league career scoring record with 38,387 points.
James and Abdul-Jabbar are two of seven players in league history to surpass 30,000 career points. Karl Malone (36,928), Kobe Bryant (33,643), Michael Jordan (32,292), Dirk Nowitzki (31,560) and Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) join them.
James, 38, is in his 20th season in the NBA and is averaging 29 Points per game.
Barring injury, James is expected to break the NBA scoring record in February. Abdul-Jabbar has held the record since 1984 when he scored his 31,420th points of his career, passing then-record holder Chamberlain.