LeBron James career points tracker: When will he pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the NBA scoring record?


James is 158 points from claiming the title; Lakers’ next game is Saturday vs. Celtics

Yahoo Sports Staff

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.

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is chasing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's all-time regular season scoring record. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is chasing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time regular season scoring record. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

When will LeBron James set the scoring record?

Los Angeles Lakers’ upcoming schedule

Saturday: at Boston Celtics, 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC)

Monday: at Brooklyn Nets7:30 p.m. ET (NBA TV)

Tuesday: at New York Knicks7:30 p.m. ET (TNT)

Feb. 2: at Indiana Pacers7 p.m. ET

Feb. 4: at New Orleans Pelicans8 p.m. ET

Feb. 7: vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 10:30 p.m. ET

Feb. 9: vs. Milwaukee Bucks10 p.m. ET (TNT)

Feb. 11: at Golden State Warriors8:30 p.m. ET (ABC)

Feb. 13: at Portland Trail Blazers10 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. 24: Clippers 133, Lakers 115 — 46 points

Jan. 22: Lakers 121, Trail Blazers 112 — 37 points

Jan. 20: Lakers 122, Grizzlies 121 — 23 points

Jan. 18: Kings 116, Lakers 111 — 32 points

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