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LeBron James first player in NBA history with 20 seasons of 1K points

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Lakers LeBron James first player in NBA history with 20 seasons of 1K points
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LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers is now the first player in NBA history with 20 seasons of at least 1,000 points. Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar retired with a total of 19 seasons in his 20-year career.

The 18-time All-Star is on pace to pass Abdul-Jabbar to own the all-time scoring record on Feb. 7 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. James has 38,072 points; 316 points shy of setting a new record.

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On Monday, in the Lakers’ 140-132 win over the Houston Rockets, LeBron James recorded a season-high 48 points in 36 minutes of action. He finished 16-of-26 (61.5%) shooting from the floor and 5-of-10 (50%) beyond the arc.

This was the 100th time the four-time MVP logged at least 40 points in a single game. It was also his first 40-point performance against the Rockets in his entire career.

Lakers superstar LeBron James is the first player in NBA history with to reach 38K points, 10K rebounds, and 10K assists

“I was extremely exhausted today,” said the four-time NBA champ. “I could have very easily took tonight off, but our ballclub couldn’t use me taking a night off, I didn’t feel like.

“And I wanted to sit on that loss with Philly last night. I wanted to get that out of my taste buds and see if we could win a ballgame tonight. It was a complete team effort, and I just tried to make plays.”

Furthermore, it was the 72nd time LeBron James scored 40 points or more in a single contest during the regular season of his career. Michael Jordan retired with a total of 12 after turning 35, the most in league history. James now has eight.

Including the playoffs, LeBron James trails five players for the most 40-point games in NBA history: Wilt Chamberlain (284), Jordan (211), Kobe Bryant (135), James Harden (110), and Elgin Baylor (102).

Through 34 starts this season, the 38-year-old is averaging 29.7 points, 8.4 rebounds, 7.0 assists, and 1.0 steal per game. Plus, he’s shooting 51.1% from the field, 29.3% from 3-point range, and 75.8% at the foul line.

In addition to recording 13 double-doubles so far this season, James has also been grabbing a lot of boards as well. On Dec. 6, in the Lakers’ 116-102 loss against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the forward finished with 21 points, a season-high 17 rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block in 36 minutes.

LeBron James will likely own most NBA records by the time he retires. However, how many more championships will he win? Lakers fans are hoping for at least one more ring. The future Hall of Famer wants to play with his sons, Bronny and Bryce, once they get drafted.

James is a Basketball Insiders contributor. He earned his bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. James enjoys watching sports and helping gamblers win money.

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