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LeBron James hits 40,000 career points in NBA

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On Saturday, March 2, 2024, during the Los Angeles Lakers’ home game against the Denver Nuggets, LeBron James made history by becoming the first NBA player to score 40,000 points in his career.

He did so by making a scoop layup off the glass in the second quarter. James, who entered the game needing nine points to reach the milestone, used a spin move to create separation from Denver’s Michael Porter Jr. and put the ball in with his left hand as the all-time scoring leader continued to put his record further out of reach.

Just over a year ago, the four-time champion “King James” overtook Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to become the league’s leading scorer.

The 39-year-old, who is expected to average roughly 25 points per game in his 21st season, is the oldest player in the NBA, but he is still producing at a very high level.

James overcame a 21-point lead to defeat the Clippers on Wednesday, March 10, in the congested Western Conference playoff race for the 10th-place Lakers.

The Akron, Ohio, native was drafted into the league as a youngster and has more than lived up to the enormous expectations placed on his large shoulders at such an early age.

As a dynamic forward who won four titles with three different teams, four MVP awards, and four Finals MVP honors, he helped create the age of positionless basketball.

For the 2024–25 NBA season, James has a player option that allows him to choose between signing a contract extension with the Lakers or becoming an unrestricted free agency. He hasn’t made a commitment to the Lakers for more than the current campaign thus far.

James was one of the 41 names included in USA Basketball’s Olympic player pool for Paris in January. Since taking home a gold medal from the 2012 London Olympics, he has not competed for Team USA.


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