Lakers’ LeBron James makes NBA history with 40,000 career points

Lakers' LeBron James makes NBA history with 40,000 career points

On Saturday, Lakers forward LeBron James became the first player in league history to score 40,000 points. James drove past Michael Porter Jr. and hit a layup with 10:39 left in the second quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers’ game against the Denver Nuggets for the historic basket. James finished the game with 26 points and 9 assists in the Lakers 124-114 loss to the Nuggets.

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This is the second time in a little more than a year that all eyes of the basketball world have been on James. The King became the all-time leader in career points when he surpassed another Lakers legend — Kareem Abdul Jabbar — in February of 2023.

Abdul-Jabbar remains second in NBA history with 38,387 career points, while another L.A. icon — the late Kobe Bryant — sits in fourth on the list with 33,463 points.

James passed the 40,000-point mark in his 1,475th career game. For comparison, it took Abdul-Jabbar 1,560 appearances to reach his mark.

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