Everybody was looking forward to the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets matchup. Not only because these are the teams most anticipated to face each other in the NBA Finals this year, but also because LeBron James was about to join another elite club with another incredible record. In fact, it didn’t take very long for it to happen, and if the Lakers win, the victory will be even sweeter now.
LeBron James reaches another milestone
The Lakers entered the locker room trailing by 11 points into halftime against Brooklyn Nets. However, they still have a lot to celebrate as their superstar, LeBron James, just crossed the 35,000 career points mark. He entered this matchup just 15 points short of achieving it. And with less than 50 seconds left for the second quarter to get over, he had 17 points for himself.
Not only is LeBron James the youngest player, at 36 years and 50 days old, to achieve this feat, but also the fastest to do so in his 1,295th game. He is behind Karl Malone, who achieved this in his 1,370th game, and Kareem Abdul Jabbar achieved this in his 1,399th game.
James was also the youngest and fastest player to get to 30,000 points back in 2018, right behind Wilt Chamberlain. Kareem is actually the league’s all-time scoring leader with 38,387 points, and Malone is second with 36,928 points. It will be a while before Bron can surpass these stats, but is it impossible?
Can he crush Malone and Kareem’s records?
Assuming Bron remains as productive and healthy he is right now, by next year’s All-Star Game, he should be able to cross Karl Malone. But that would still leave him 1,459 points shy of Kareem’s record. And this could take pretty long before it can happen.
However, it is hard to imagine LeBron retiring before he achieves this feat. On his way to bringing the Los Angeles Lakers their second straight title, he is a force to be reckoned with. And even if he is not able to achieve this milestone, he will always be the greatest of all time.
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