One Year After Breaking Kobe Bryant’s Christmas Day Scoring Record, LeBron James Set to Make More History vs Mavericks

Published 12/25/2022, 8:50 AM EST

USA Today via Reuters

NBA superstar LeBron James is all set to make history when the Los Angeles Lakers take on the Dallas Mavericks. The holidays are a special time for everyone. What better way to spend the day for basketball fans than watching NBA Christmas Day games? This year is even more special as the NBA celebrates 75 years of Christmas Day games. The tradition initially started in 1947 with three games played on December 25, and the schedule has become a staple ever since.

Last year, James became the all-time leading scorer for Christmas Day games beating Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. Now, the four-time champion is set to make another record this year.

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It is safe to say LeBron James has become a Christmas Day games staple as well. During his 19-year career so far, James has played in 16 straight Christmas Day games, treating the fans to some spectacular performances. Kobe Bryant was the all-time leading scorer for Christmas Day games with 395 points in 16 games. Last year, in his 16th game, James required just 12 points to break the record. And he did that during the second quarter.

Furthermore, he also tied Bryant for most Christmas Day games with 16 games last year. So this year, when James faces Luka Doncic and the Mavericks, he would break that record as well according to reports from USA TODAY.

James recently passed another Lakers legend Magic Johnson for the 6th place on NBA’s career assists list. He is also getting closer to becoming the league’s all-time leading scorer. Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds the record with a mindboggling 38,387 points.


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King James currently has 37,720 career points and is inching closer to the six-time champion. He needs 668 more points to surpass Abdul-Jabbar. With his scoring average of 27.1 points this season, he is projected to become the all-time leading scorer in just 25 games. It will be a historic moment indeed.

James vs. Luka

Even though the Lakers are struggling and the Mavs barely have a winning record, the face-off between LeBron James and Luka Doncic is bound to entertain fans around the world. Despite being 37, the four-time MVP is still playing at a high level averaging 27.1 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 6.7 assists per game.


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Luka on the other hand is on a tear averaging 32.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 8.7 assists per game. Furthermore, he has also reduced his turnover average from last year so far and is in the MVP race. So the match-up between the two superstars promises to be a spectacle for the fans.



Bagavathi Eswaran

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Bagavathi Eswaran is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He has been playing the game of basketball for more than 20 years now and has also been following the NBA for more than 10 years. After not being able to go pro, this former college player decided to join the IT industry.

Edited By: Jayant Chhabra