James is 158 points from claiming the title; Lakers’ next game is Saturday vs. Celtics
Thu, 26 January 2023 at 7:23 am GMT
Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is chasing the regular season all-time scoring record held by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Abdul-Jabbar scored 38,387 career points and has held the record since April 1984, eight months before James was born.
James is 158 points from claiming the record. His career scoring average is 27.2 ppg with his 2022-23 season average at 29.9 ppg. At this season’s pace, James would set the record on Feb. 7 against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Crypto.com Arena. He is well on his way to becoming the all-time leading scorer before the All-Star break, which starts Feb. 17.
James has missed 10 games this season, and the Lakers have back-to-back games on Monday and Tuesday (on the road). He missed the second game of three back-to-back sets this season. The last game he missed was the Lakers’ 122-109 loss to the Denver Nuggets in Denver on Jan. 9.
James and the Lakers will play next on Saturday against the Boston Celtics at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC. James had 20 points on Wednesday night against the San Antonio Spurs, which followed a 46-point performance Tuesday against the Los Angeles Clippers. His career points total is now 38,230.
When will LeBron James set the scoring record?
Saturday: at Boston Celtics, 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Feb. 7: vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 10:30 p.m. ET
Feb. 15: vs. New Orleans Pelicans, 10 p.m. ET (ESPN)
LeBron James’ recent scoring performances
Jan. 25: Lakers 113, Spurs 104 — 20 points
Jan. 22: Lakers 121, Trail Blazers 112 — 37 points
Jan. 18: Kings 116, Lakers 111 — 32 points