In another quality performance Sunday afternoon against the Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James tied Karl Malone with 1,134 for most 20-point games in NBA history.
James finished the game with 31 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, two steals and two blocks, despite sadly losing in a matinee game against Portland.
This is the first of a season of milestones for James personally as he heads into his 20th NBA season. Of course, the biggest milestone will be overtaking former Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. At his current pace, James will break that record in about his 50th game of the season.
Passing Malone in most 20-point games is an incredible milestone in his own right right now, especially for someone like James who isn’t exactly known for his scoring chances. James is an all-round player but has proven he can score with the best.
James and the Lakers take on the Nuggets Wednesday night in Denver in what will be his first opportunity to surpass Malone and go alone with most 20-point games in league history.
James talks about what it will mean to overtake Abdul-Jabbar
Ahead of the start of the 2022-23 season, James spoke about what it will mean to overtake Abdul-Jabbar as the all-time leading scorer in NBA history.
“Obviously Kareem had his disagreements with some of my views and some of the things I do, but at the end of the day, to be recognized in the same breath as a guy wearing the same uniform, a guy that was a guy for so many years integral part of that franchise, along with Magic and Big Game over there, especially in the 80’s, and a guy who also does a lot off the floor – I think it’s just super duper dope for me in this conversation as well.
“Every time my name gets mentioned by the big ones – obviously Wilt, MJ or now Kareem or whatever the case might be – it’s just super humiliating. As always, I see myself using my hashtag #TheKidFromAkron, those are the moments I really think about this kid from Akron walking the streets and, you know, playing basketball where I actually have a basketball on the hoop or just running around dribbling in the air, shooting through an invisible hoop, counting “five, four, three, two, one” and taking game-winning shots.
“When I get here – I’m not going to put too much pressure on it throughout the season – but I think it’s quite a historic moment for it to come here and as long as my family and friends are all there that’s the most important thing. “
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