LeBron James makes history as the first NBA player to reach 40,000 career points

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3rd March 2024 – (California)

In a thrilling game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, LeBron James etched his name in the annals of basketball history by becoming the first player in NBA history to score 40,000 career points. Despite the Lakers’ 124-114 loss, the momentous achievement by James captivated fans at the Crypto.com Arena.

The 39-year-old superstar achieved this remarkable feat with a driving layup early in the second quarter, reaching the 40,000-point mark with 10 minutes and 39 seconds remaining. The crowd erupted in celebration as James solidified his status as one of the greatest players to ever grace the court.

Not only did James surpass the 40,000-point milestone, but he also became the first player in NBA history to surpass 10,000 rebounds and 10,000 assists in his illustrious career. This unique triple accomplishment underscores his exceptional versatility and all-around skills.

Having already claimed the title of the NBA’s all-time regular season scoring leader last February by surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record of 39,387 points, James demonstrated his consistent dominance on the court once again. In the game against the Nuggets, he contributed 26 points, four rebounds, and nine assists, further cementing his legacy as one of the most impactful players of his generation.

Now in his 21st season, James continues to break barriers and set new standards in the sport. His 40,017 career points place him in a league of his own, with no other active players coming close to his scoring record. Kevin Durant, currently ninth on the all-time scoring table with 28,342 points, is the nearest contender, but still a significant distance away from James’ remarkable milestone.