LeBron James is getting closer.
James entered Wednesday night’s game against the San Antonio Spurs with just 178 points to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. Although he didn’t deliver the performance he did on Tuesday night, James still undercut that number in a solid win over the San Antonio Spurs.
James finished with 20 points and nearly scored a triple-double while leading the Lakers to a 113-104 win at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. He finished with 11 assists and nine rebounds while shooting 8 of 20 from the field.
James is now just 158 points off Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time record.
Anthony Davis also returned for the Lakers on Wednesday night after missing 20 games with a foot injury. He had 21 points and 12 rebounds in 26 minutes of play. New forward Rui Hachimura also made his debut after being dealt by the Washington Wizards earlier this week. Hachimura finished with 12 points and six rebounds.
Although he still has at least a handful of games left, James must know that he is closing in on the mark. Spurs manager Gregg Popovich, however, doesn’t think it’s a big deal for him.
“I think I know him well enough to know he understands what’s going on,” Popovich said before the game, via Tom Orsborn of San Antonio Express News. “I understood what was going on with the wins and that kind of stuff, but we really don’t give anything to be honest with you.”
LeBron James breaks goalscoring record is only a matter of time
James is fast approaching the goalscoring record and he continues to play amazing basketball while doing it.
James is averaging 29.9 points in 39 games this season, which would be the third highest in his two decades in the league. He had 46 points Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers. It was the last team he needed to officially play a 40-point game against all 30 NBA teams, something no one had done before.
James averaged 20.9 points per game as a rookie and hasn’t dropped below that rate since. He is on the verge of breaking Abdul-Jabbar’s record of more than 100 fewer games played than his fellow Lakers. Abdul-Jabbar reached his total of 38,387 points in 1,560 games; the Lakers’ game against the Spurs was the 1,405th of James’ career.
The pace got James past Abdul-Jabbar on Feb. 7 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Here’s the upcoming slate of Lakers games as James pursues one of the last major milestones of his basketball career.
Saturday: at Boston Celtics, 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Monday: at Brooklyn Nets, 7:30 p.m. ET (NBA TV)
Tuesday: at New York Knicks, 7:30 p.m. ET (TNT)
February 2: at Indiana Pacers, 7 p.m. ET
February 4: at New Orleans Pelicans, 8 p.m. ET
February 7: vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 10:30 p.m. ET
February 9: vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 10 p.m. ET (TNT)
February 11th : at Golden State Warriors, 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
February 13: at Portland Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. ET
February 15: vs. New Orleans Pelicans, 10 p.m. ET (ESPN)