LeBron James Passes Karl Malone As NBA’s No. 2 All-Time Scorer

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Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James scored 38 points during the team’s 127-119 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Saturday. He’s now averaging 29.8 points per game on the season at 37-years-old, which has put him on the fast track to becoming the NBA’s all-time leading scorer.

James passed Karl Malone for the No. 2 spot on the NBA’s all-time scoring leader. He now has 36,947 points in his career and the only thing that stands between him and the top spot is Kareem Abdul Jabbar (38,387).

In the post-game press conference, James expressed how he’s not going to focus on passing Abdul-Jabbar. Instead, he’s going to allow it to happen organically instead of forcing it.

“I will not allow myself to think about it,” James said. “I’ve always just played the game the way I’ve been playing it over the years, and these things have just happened organically by just going out and playing the game the right way. Hope to accomplish that at some point in my career, but I won’t think about it too much.”

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No player is averaging more points per game at age 37 in NBA history than LeBron James. In fact, there is even thought he could become the first player to ever reach 40,000 points.

It’s been a struggle for the Los Angeles Lakers to win games, but James is going to rack up points as he continues to try to carry them. There is a risk of missed games given his age, but regardless, when he plays, he’s going to score a high volume of points.

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Given the immediate success LeBron James experienced in his NBA career at 18-years-old that has continued throughout 19 seasons, it’s challenging to foresee anyone being able to pass him up when his career is done.

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