Lakers’ LeBron James Cruises Past Former NBA Champion to Inch Closer Towards Another League Record

Published 12/29/2020, 12:45 AM EST
Dec 28, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward Derrick Jones Jr. (55) attempts to dunk the ball over Los Angeles Lakers center Marc Gasol (14) and forward LeBron James (23) in the second quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James has reached his tipping point. He has done so consistently well over the past decade that every other game seems to gift him with a record or two. Be it the unique NBA Finals records or the number of postseason games, Bron is reaching, breaking, and setting newer and tougher to break superlative figures.

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Recently, the Lakers again played the Blazers months after defeating them 4-1 in the playoffs 2020. They were playing their fourth regular-season game, aiming to continue the winning momentum and win the third straight match. That did not happen as the Blazers defeated them 115-107 with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum diminishing Bron’s 29-point contribution.

Dec 28, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) dunks the ball over Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum (3) in the third quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James adds another golden feather to his name

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On the night of December 28, 2020, it took LeBron just a handful of points to beat a league legend. Just as he touched the double-figure in terms of points scored, the 4-time NBA Champion became the fourth player in the league to score in double digits 1260+ times. He surpassed the Boston Celtics legend Kevin Garnett with that achievement.

LeBron has played 1269 NBA games in his 17-year career (18th running) so far. This means there have been only 8 occasions when the 16-time NBA All-star failed to reach the 10-point mark. This is the level of consistency he has shown over the decade. Considering that the 36-YO will still play 3-4 more seasons, chances are strong that he will beat more legends to climb the ladder of this unique record. 

Which other records fall in the same line?

Even when it is about recording the most number of 10+ point games in one season, LeBron is present on that list too. The Akron Hammer, in 2017-18, scored 10+ points in all the 82 games he played for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Apart from him, 11 other NBA players had that ‘perfect 82’ season. The most frequent name on that list is Karl Malone’s (6 times), followed by Michael Jordan (4 times), and Kevin Garnett (4 times).

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Also, considering the most consecutive 10+ point games by an NBA player, as per an August 2020 list, LeBron was on top with 990, followed by MJ, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, and Kevin Durant (the only active player). These numbers for Bron have surely gone up in the past months. Hence, it is safe to suggest that King James is sitting comfortably on his throne.

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Read also – WATCH: LeBron James Proves He is Still ‘The King’ With Hot Start Against the Trailblazers

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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