LeBron James is at it again — breaking record after record and adding to his already long list of accomplishments.
The Lakers had an impressive comeback win against the Denver Nuggets last Thursday, and they were led nonetheless by LeBron James who finished with a 27 point, 10 rebounds, 10 assist triple-double — his 96th triple double of his career.
That alone is already impressive as he is 5th all-time in triple-doubles in NBA history. But that wasn’t it, as there were a couple more historical things that Lebron accomplished during the game against the Nuggets.
Let’s take a look at them and put them into perspective.
LeBron Passing Wilt for 3rd All-Time in Field Goals Made
Entering Thursday’s game against the Denver Nuggets, LeBron needed to make three baskets to pass Wilt Chamberlain for third place on the NBA’s all-time field goals made list. It obviously didn’t take that long for LBJ to accomplish this and make history. With around 7 minutes left in the first quarter, the all-star forward drove to the lane for a layup, which allowed him to overtake Wilt.
To pass Wilt in this category is a lot harder than it looks because of field goals and scoring in general, as he was one of the most dominant scorers the league has ever seen. The only player to score 100 points in a game, the only player to average 50 points in a season, having 5 of the top 6 single-season scoring averages in NBA history, the list could go on and on about Wilt. LeBron passing Wilt shows how strong and consistent you would have to be to even discussed with the Big Dipper.
LeBron already passed Wilt in the all-time scoring list back in 2018, largely due to his 3-point and free-throw shooting, as well as his unmatched consistency throughout his 18-year career. In the all-time field goals made list, the King now only trails the two top scorers in NBA history: Kareem Abdul-Jabaar and Karl Malone. He is also behind those two players in the all-time scoring list. LeBron not showing any signs of slowing down; it’s only a matter of time before LeBron eventually catches Karl and Kareem.
LeBron Getting His 800th Career 25-Point Game
His 27 point performance marked his 800th 25-point game in his career, being the only player to accomplish this feat. Not even the best scorers in the league like Kareem, Kobe, and MJ have achieved this. The King has been one of the most consistent players in NBA history, and at age 36, he has just been as good, if not better than before. LeBron has averaged at least 25 points per game in every season since his rookie year.
To put this into perspective, Kareem, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, had 793 25-point games in his career. For a player that had the longevity and the scoring ability that Kareem had, to not reach this feat can already show you how impressive this is for LeBron. Karl Malone, the 2nd all-time leading scorer in NBA history, had 789 25-point games. Michael Jordan only had 769, while Kobe had 692. These are the best scorers the league has ever seen, and none of them reached the 800-mark.
Scoring 25 points in an NBA game is already hard enough, but to do it 800 times in your career, that’s practically impossible, but not for LBJ. And the most impressive thing about this is LeBron is far from done. He is still scoring at an unthinkable pace, and he will surely have a lot more 25-point games in his career.
We are witnessing greatness and history right before our eyes in LeBron James.
Basketball fans should be admiring and appreciating Lebron as he continues his already hall of fame caliber career.
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