Lakers’ LeBron James becomes second player in NBA history to score 38,000 career points

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James raised himself to some thin air on Sunday evening. With his point production in LA’s 113-112 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, James became only the second player in NBA history to score 38,000 career points. The only other player to ever do so is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the league’s all-time leading goalscorer.

Heading into the game against Philadelphia, James needed 11 points to reach 38,000 and it didn’t take him long to do so. Halfway through the first quarter, he reached the post with a jump shot. Check out the bucket below:

James finished the game with 35 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, but ultimately his production was not enough to propel the Lakers to a win.

James is now less than 400 points away from passing Abdul-Jabbar to becoming the NBA’s all-time leading scorer — an incredible feat for anyone, let alone a man who has always considered himself a pass-first player. Barring major injury problems, James will pass the legendary Lakers center later this season. He discussed the impending performance at the start of the season.

“To sit here and know that I’m about to break probably the most wanted record in the NBA, things that people said would probably never get done, I think it’s just super humbling for myself,” said James on media day. “I think it’s super cool. Obviously Kareem has had his disagreements with some of my views and some of the things I do.

“But at the end of the day, to be able to be in the same breath with a man who wore the same uniform, a man who was a staple of this franchise, along with Magic [Johnson]Big game [James Worthy] been there for so many years, especially in the ’80s, and a guy who also does a lot of the floor, I just think super-duper dope, for myself to even be in that conversation.

James and Abdul-Jabbar aren’t close, but they will now forever be linked in the history books as the first two players ever to score 38,000 points and the two most prolific point producers the league has ever seen.

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