LeBron James Very Close to Surpassing Lakers’ Kobe Bryant in a Rare All-Time Christmas Day Record

Published 12/24/2021, 10:54 PM EST
Dec 15, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) celebrates the win over the Dallas Mavericks during overtime at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports| Courtesy Reuters


NBA Christmas is finally here. With that, the opportunity to make history has also opened up. LeBron James could take over Kobe Bryant for a specific record. Going into the Christmas matchup against the Brooklyn Nets, a hungry LeBron could break yet another feat.

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James has been a part of 15 Christmas games so far. The 4-time league MVP is one of the premier players. Now, he will take on the Brooklyn Nets in the 16th Christmas game of his career. It might not be as glorious owing to the absence of many players and stars. However, it is an opportunity for James to achieve yet another milestone in his illustrious career.

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James holds many Christmas day records to his name. He is the most successful player racking up the most wins and is also a top player when it comes to leading stats. Now, he has the chance to take over the scoring record from Kobe.

LeBron James potential to surpass Kobe Bryant in Christmas record

Going into his 16th Christmas game, James is coming in hot. The King has been delivering on all fronts. However, it hasn’t transpired in a win. Hence, a hunger to get back to winning ways may propel him to give himself a big night. Going up against arch rivals, Brooklyn Nets, the best of James may be on display.

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Currently, James stands 2nd in points and Christmas games behind the Mamba. Kobe has a total of 395 points in 16 Christmas games while James sits on 383 points, and is shy of one game to match the former’s feat. Hence, James is already on course to match Bryant’s record for Christmas games. However, he could surpass him when it comes to points scored on Christmas day.

Dec 15, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) celebrates the win over the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Coming off another 30 point performance, James is dominating even at this age. With his current run, it is very likely that he goes over Bryant in the scoring race. Needing just 12 points to go through, James will continue to add to his NBA Christmas legacy. However, his focus will go towards getting a win rather than breaking the record.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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