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LeBron James is now very close to the 40,000-point mark in the NBA. The superstar with four championship titles under his belt will be the first player to reach the milestone if he scores at least 40 points against Washington on Thursday night.

LeBron James, who has topped the NBA’s all-time scoring charts in the regular season since surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s mythical 38,387 points last year, is now approaching another notable mark. When James and the Los Angeles Lakers face off against the Wizards on Thursday night, he’ll be just 40 points away from the 40,000-point mark.

Barring an unexpected development, fans at Arena will see James score his 40,000th career point, whether it comes against Washinton or during a clash with the defending champion Denver Nuggets on Saturday. The four-time NBA champion is coming off an exceptional performance against the Clippers after leading the Lakers to a 116-112 in a dramatic comeback where he scored 19 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter. “I felt like all my shots were going in,” The King told the media, adding, “My teammates kept looking for me and I tried to dictate the tempo. I was in the zone.”

As the leading scorer in NBA history in both the regular season and the playoffs, James could hold both records for decades to come. His first active pursuer, Kevin Durant, has just overtaken Carmelo Anthony for 9th place in regular-season scoring but is more than 10,000 points behind James. Now in his 21st NBA season, he still boasts statistical averages of 25.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 7.9 assists for the Lakers, who are currently ninth in the Western Conference.

Other notable LeBron James milestones: 

  • 1st in points scored (39,960)
  • 2nd in baskets scored (14,646) behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (15,837)
  • 2nd in minutes played (55,912) behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (57,446)
  • 4th in assists (10,829) behind John Stockton (15,806), Jason Kidd and Chris Paul

This post is originally from L’Équipe