LeBron James Nears 40,000 Career Points, 9 Points Away

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is on the brink of making NBA history by becoming the first player to reach 40,000 career points, needing only nine more points to achieve this milestone.

‣ James, currently the NBA’s leading all-time scorer with 39,991 career points, outpaces legends like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, and Kobe Bryant on the all-time scoring list.

‣ The achievement is anticipated to occur during the Lakers’ upcoming game against the Denver Nuggets, a team that has defeated the Lakers in their last seven encounters. James’s performance in this season includes averaging 25.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 7.9 assists per game, with a career-best 40.8% shooting from beyond the arc.


LeBron James, the Lakers’ superstar, is on the brink of something huge. He’s just nine points away from hitting the 40,000 career points milestone. This was after he dropped 31 points in an electrifying game against the Wizards last Thursday. The game went into overtime, but the Lakers clinched it with a 134-131 victory.

In that game, LeBron wasn’t just scoring. Nope. He also grabbed four rebounds, dished out nine assists, and even snagged a steal and a block. His shooting was on point too, hitting 12-of-24 from the field. From beyond the arc? He was 2-of-5. And at the foul line, he made 5-of-7 shots. Efficiency, thy name is LeBron.

Oh, and there’s a tweet making rounds. It’s hyping up LeBron’s quest for history. “LeBron James is only 9 points shy of making history ,” it says. And it’s telling us not to miss his next game this Saturday on ABC. The Nuggets better watch out.

LeBron had some thoughts after Thursday’s game. “We had to get some stops, and we had to execute offensively,” he said. He talked about the importance of not turning the ball over. And he acknowledged the challenge posed by the Wizards, describing them as a “young, scrappy team” full of speed and youth. It took them 53 minutes, but they got the job done.

Now, at 39, LeBron’s sitting pretty with 39,991 career points. That’s right, he’s the NBA’s leading scorer. And guess who’s trailing behind him? Kevin Durant, but he’s a bit younger, about three years and nine months to be exact.

Durant, at 35, has racked up 28,342 points over 16 seasons. Not too shabby, but he’s still got a ways to go to catch up to LeBron.

This Saturday’s game against the Nuggets is more than just another match. It’s LeBron’s shot at the 40,000 points milestone. And it’s not just any game; it’s on national TV. The Nuggets have had the upper hand against the Lakers recently, winning seven straight games. But LeBron’s not one to back down.

Remember the Lakers’ last tussle with the Nuggets? Despite a 114-106 loss, LeBron put up a solid performance. He had 25 points, nine boards, seven assists, and a steal and block, all in 35 minutes.

There’s another tweet floating around. It’s praising the dynamic duo of LeBron and Anthony Davis in their OT win over the Wizards. AD had a monster game with 40 points, 15 rebounds, and 3 blocks. And LeBron? He contributed 31 points, 9 assists, and 4 rebounds.

So far this season, LeBron’s been on fire. Through 53 games, all starts, he’s averaging 25.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, 7.9 assists, and 1.2 steals. And he’s been efficient, shooting 52.5% from the field and a career-best 40.8% from deep.

But wait, there’s more. In a game against the Thunder back in December, LeBron went supernova. He scored a season-high 40 points, shooting an incredible 13-of-20 from the field, perfect from the 3-point line and the foul line.

His stats are impressive. He ranks 16th in the NBA in points this season, 15th in points per game, and 9th in field goals. And when it comes to clutch moments? NBA betting sites have him as the fifth favorite to win the NBA Clutch Player of the Year. The competition’s stiff, with names like Stephen Curry and Damian Lillard in the mix. But LeBron’s in it to win it.

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
James, a dedicated writer for BasketballHour, holds a degree in English and Creative Writing. A genuine sports enthusiast and skilled betting advice provider, he writes engaging articles and valuable winning strategies for sports.

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