The race to eclipse Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s NBA points record

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James started the 2022-23 season with 37,062 points, just 1,325 shy of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time scoring record.

Averaging 29.7 points this season, James is closing in on Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 points, and he has made a furious push in the past five weeks – despite missing three games since Dec. 18 – with 14 games of at least 30 points, including three 40-plus point games, topped off by 48 points against Houston on Jan. 16.

At his scoring rate, James should pass Abdul-Jabbar and become the NBA’s all-time leading scorer in early February.

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LeBron James

Let’s take a look at James’ progress:

vs. L.A. Clippers, 38,210 career points

Jan. 24: James went off again, scoring 46 points thanks in part to a career-high nine made 3-pointers (on 14 attempts). Per ESPN Stats & Info, James is the first player in NBA history to record a 40-point game against all 30 teams. Unfortunately for James and the Lakers, the Clippers once again got the victory, 133-115. The Clippers have won 10 in a row against their in-arena rivals.

Points shy: 177

Next game: vs. Spurs, Wednesday, 10:30 p.m. ET

at Portland, 38,164 career points

Jan. 22: James dropped 37 points on the Blazers as the Lakers overcame a 25-point halftime deficit for a 121-112 victory. Since James turned 38 on Dec. 30, he is averaging 35.1 points, 9.6 rebounds, 7.9 assists and is shooting 53% from the field.

Points shy: 223

vs. Memphis, 38,127 career points

Jan. 20: James scored 23 points in the Lakers’ eventful and dramatic 122-121 victory over the Grizzlies, who entered riding an 11-game winning streak. 

vs. Sacramento, 38,104 career points

Jan. 18: James had 32 points but it was in a 116-111 loss to the Kings. James played 36 minutes, and after the game, Lakers coach Darvin Ham said he needed to find a way to reduce James’ minutes and get him some rest.

vs. Houston, 38,072 career points

Jan. 16: James scored a season-high 48 points in the Lakers’ 140-132 victory. In another efficient performance, James was 16-for-26 from the field, 5-for-10 on…

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