LeBron James, top player for the Los Angeles Lakers, began the 2022-2023 season with 37,062 points, which was only 1,325 points short of the all-time scoring record held by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
James is making a furious push to catch up to Abdul-38,387 Jabbar’s points, and he has made a furious push in the past six weeks – despite missing three games since Dec. 18 – with 14 games of at least 30 points, including three 40-plus point games, and the game against Houston on January 16 was the game in which he scored a season-high 48 points. James is averaging 29.7 points per game this season.
Given his current pace, James should overtake Abdul-Jabbar and become the all-time best scorer in NBA history somewhere around the beginning of February.
at New Orleans, a total of 38,352 points scored in a career
James is moving closer to breaking the all-time scoring record; he might be just a game or two away at this point (4 February). Anthony Davis scored 34 points and 14 rebounds while he had 27 points, nine rebounds, and six assists for his own stat line. But it was not enough as the Lakers fell to the Pelicans by a score of 131-126. Brandon Ingram scored 35 points to lead the Pelicans to victory.
at Indiana, a total of 38,325 points scored in a career
On February 2, James led the Lakers to a come-from-behind victory against the Pacers by scoring 26 points, dishing out seven assists, and grabbing seven rebounds. Anthony Davis led all scorers with 31 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Lakers, while LeBron James led all scorers with 15 points in the second half while shooting 11 for 19 from the field and 2 for 5 from beyond the arc.
38,299 points scored throughout one’s career in New York
On the 31st of January, James led the Lakers to a victory over the Knicks by scoring 28 points, dishing out 11 assists, and grabbing 10 rebounds in overtime. James came back with his 106th career triple-double, moving him into fifth place all-time, one behind Jason Kidd for fourth all-time. James missed Monday’s game against Brooklyn because of pain in his left ankle. While everyone’s attention is focused on James breaking the scoring mark, he also moved into fourth place on the all-time assists list, moving over Mark Jackson and Steve Nash in the process. James trails only Chris Paul, Kidd, and John Stockton in the standings at this point.
at Boston, a total of 38,271 points scored in a career
On January 28, James scored 41 points against the Celtics, but it wasn’t enough as the Lakers were defeated 125-121 in overtime by the Celtics. James adores playing in Boston. James also had nine rebounds and eight assists, and in the closing few seconds of the game, he was fouled while attempting a shot that may have won the game. The referees, who did not blow their whistle for a foul, eventually conceded that they had made a mistake.
versus San Antonio, a career total of 38,230 points
On January 25, James had a night in which he scored 20 points, which matched for his third-lowest scoring game of the season. One night after making a career-high nine 3-pointers, James shot 1-for-6 from deep and had an overall shooting performance of 8-for-20 from the field. This performance came one night after James had nailed a career-high nine 3-pointers.
The Lakers defeated the Spurs by a score of 113-104, led by LeBron James, who came close to recording a triple-double (nine rebounds and 11 assists). The Lakers also benefited from the return of Anthony Davis (21 points) and the addition of Rui Hachimura (12 points), both of whom came off the bench to score.