How Close Is LeBron James to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s All-Time NBA Scoring Record Following the Lakers’ Win Over the Bucks?

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LeBron James during a Lakers-Bucks matchup in December 2022

While LeBron James may still be a couple of months away from passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, he did pass Magic Johnson for sixth place on the all-time assists list on Friday night as the Los Angeles Lakers scored their biggest win of the season in taking down the Milwaukee Bucks, 133-129.

James recorded 28 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds, and a pair of steals in the victory, but it was Anthony Davis who truly led the way for LA. Davis made 18 of 27 shots from the floor and six of seven from the foul line en route to a season-high 44 points, also adding 10 rebounds, marking his ninth straight game with at least 20 points and 10 boards.

The win ruined the return of Khris Middleton, who made his first start for the Bucks following offseason wrist surgery. The three-time All-Star played solidly, making six of 11 shots en route to 17 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way for Milwaukee with 40 points.

How close is LeBron James to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s scoring record after the Lakers’ win over the Bucks?

LeBron James during a Lakers-Bucks matchup in December 2022
LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles the ball against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Fiserv Forum on December 02, 2022 | Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

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With his 28-point effort on Friday night, LeBron James now has 37,451 regular-season points for his career, putting him 936 behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar‘s all-time record of 38,387.

If James stays healthy and maintains his season scoring average of 25.9 points per game, he’ll surpass Abdul-Jabbar on Monday, February 13, when LA visits Portland.

If LeBron ups his production and hits his career scoring average of 27.1 points per game moving forward, he’ll pass Kareem on Thursday, February 9, when the Lakers host these same Milwaukee Bucks.

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