The LA Lakers were down by double digits, but it didn’t matter. The crowd at the Staple Center erupted after an and-one layup by LeBron James in the second quarter, as The King had reached yet another milestone in his illustrious career. This particular bucket moved LeBron up one spot in the all-time NBA scoring list, jumping over Michael Jordan.
After passing the great Michael Jordan, LeBron James currently sits in fourth place, behind three legends of the game in the NBA All-Time scoring list.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - 38,387
- Karl Malone - 36,928
- Kobe Bryant - 33,643
- LeBron James - 32,311
LeBron is 1,332 points behind Kobe, and 6,076 behind Abdul-Jabbar. With a 27.2 point per game career average, it would take LeBron just 49 games to catch up to Kobe, estimating that LeBron would hit the milestone about 30 games into next season. To pass up every name on the list, it’s estimated that LeBron would need 224 games (calculated with 27.2 ppg career average). This would take LeBron almost three whole seasons to complete, making the feat completely possible, considering the high level that The King has played at this season.
LeBron led all scorers with 31, but his performance and record did not bring a win. Although the moment was special, it was one of the only positives to take away from Wednesday night. The Lakers lost to the Nuggets 115-99, with the result practically confirming that LA will be missing out on the playoffs again. The loss was the fourth in a row for the Lakers, who are now 6.5 games back from a playoff spot.