LeBron James Creates History After Touching 35,000 Career Points with Least Number of Games

Published 02/19/2021, 12:13 AM EST
Jan 28, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) goes up for a shot against Detroit Pistons center Mason Plumlee (24) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports


Everybody was looking forward to the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets matchup because these are the teams most anticipated to face each other in the NBA Finals this year, and also because LeBron James was about to join another elite club with another incredible record. In fact, it didn’t take very long for this record to happen. Now, if the Lakers win, the victory will be all the sweeter.

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LeBron James reaches another milestone

The Lakers entered the locker room trailing by 11 points into halftime against Brooklyn Nets. However, they still have a lot to celebrate as their superstar, LeBron James, just crossed the 35,000 career points mark. He entered this matchup just 15 points short of achieving it. And with less than 50 seconds left for the second quarter to get over, he had 17 points for himself.

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Not only is LeBron James the youngest player, at 36 years and 50 days old, to achieve this feat, but also the fastest to do so in his 1,295th game. Karl Malone achieved this in his 1,369th game, and Kareem Abdul Jabbar achieved this in his 1,323rd game.

James was also the youngest and fastest player to get to 30,000 points back in 2018, right behind Wilt Chamberlain. Kareem is actually the league’s all-time scoring leader with 38,387 points, and Malone is second with 36,928 points. It will be awhile before Bron can surpass these stats, but is it impossible?

Can LeBron crush Malone and Kareem’s records?

Assuming Bron remains as productive and healthy as he is right now, by next year’s All-Star Game, he should be able to cross Karl Malone. But that would still leave him 1,459 points shy of Kareem’s record, and it could be awhile before that happens.

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Feb 18, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) puts up a shot over Brooklyn Nets forward Jeff Green (8) during the first quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

However, it is hard to imagine LeBron retiring before he achieves this feat. Since he is on his way to bring the Los Angeles Lakers their second straight title, he is a force to be reckoned with. And even if he cannot achieve this milestone, he will always be one of the greatest of all time.

Read also- ‘Not Over Until He Says’: NBA Hall of Famer Lauds LeBron James’ Incredible Form at the Age of 36

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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