LeBron James scores 46 against Clippers as he approaches Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s scoring record
LeBron James is getting closer.
The Los Angeles Lakers star entered Tuesday needing 224 points to surpass Kareem-Abdul Jabbar as the NBA’s all-time scoring leader. He’s that much closer after a 46-point effort in a 133-115 loss Los Angeles Clippers.
Even in a losing effort, James gave fans their money’s worth. In addition to that scoring outing, he recorded eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block, zero turnovers and zero personal fouls in 32 minutes. He shot 9-for-14 from deep, a career high in 3-pointers made in a single game.
The final score wasn’t close, but James led a fourth-quarter run to cut the deficit to 10 before the Clippers firmly regained control.
Breaking 40 points against the Clippers also completed James’ collection of 40-point games against all 30 NBA teams, an unprecedented feat. Three more players they have scored 40 against 29 teams: Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kobe Bryant, who never played for the Lakers.
LeBron James breaking the NBA scoring record is only a matter of time
James is not chasing the record for smokes in the last leg of his remarkable career. Far. His average of 29.8 points in 37 games would rank as the fourth highest scoring rate in his 20 NBA seasons.
James averaged 20.9 points per game as a rookie and hasn’t dipped below that pace since. He is on pace to break Abdul-Jabbar’s record of more than 100 less games played than his Lakers greats. Abdul-Jabbar reached his mark of 38,387 points in 1,560 games. The Lakers’ game against the Clippers on Tuesday was the 1,404th of James’ career.
The pace has James on track to surpass Abdul-Jabbar sometime in February. Here’s the Lakers’ upcoming slate of games as James pursues one of the last major milestones of his basketball career.
February 15: against the New Orleans Pelicans, 10 p.m. ET (ESPN)
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