With another good performance on Sunday afternoon against the Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James tied Karl Malone for the 20 most points in NBA history with a score of 1,134.
James finished the game with 31 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, two steals, and two blocks, although it unfortunately came on a losing bid in an official match against Portland.
This is the first of what will be a landmark season for James personally as he embarks on his 20th season in the NBA. The biggest achievement, of course, would be to surpass former Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to be the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. At his current pace, James will break that record around the 50th game of the season.
Malone’s passing for most games of 20 is an incredible milestone right now, especially for someone like James who isn’t necessarily known for scoring. James is an all-around player but has proven that he can score with the best of them all.
Next, James and the Lakers meet on the field Wednesday night in Denver against the Nuggets, which will be his first chance to get past Malone and stand alone with more than 20 points in league history.
James talks about what it means to pass Abdul-Jabbar
Before the start of the 2022-23 season, James spoke about what it would mean to pass Abdul-Jabbar as the all-time leading scorer in NBA history.
“Karim obviously has his disagreements with some of my opinions and some of the things I do, but at the end of the day, to be able to recognize him at the same time as a guy in the same outfit, a guy that was a staple of this franchise along with Magic and Big Game There for many years, especially in the ’80s, and the guy who does a lot of down to earth too – I think he’s just too disingenuous to me even in that conversation.
“Anytime my name comes up with the greats – obviously Wilt or MJ or now Kareem or whatever the case is – it’s just huge humility. As you see me always use my hashtag, #TheKidFromAkron, these are the moments I really think about that kid From Akron walking those streets, you know, playing basketball where I already had basketball on the hoop or just walking around and dribbling the air, shooting through an invisible hoop, counting “five, four, three, two, one” and making shots A winner in the game.
“When I get here – I won’t put too much pressure on her all season – but I think it’s a very historic moment to get here and as long as my family and friends are there, that’s the most important thing.”
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