LeBron James scored 46 points against the Clippers, tying Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s scoring record.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, 6, shoots during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Tuesday as Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard, 2, watches Terrence Mann, 14, center Ivica Jubak, 40, and center Thomas Bryant, 40. are flying  , January 24, 2023, Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LeBron James is coming.

The Los Angeles Lakers star entered Tuesday needing 224 points to surpass the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, Kareem-Abdul-Jabbar. He came much closer after scoring 46 points in a 133-115 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Even in a losing effort, James gave fans their money’s worth. In addition to that scoring output, he recorded 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, zero turnovers and zero personal fouls in 32 minutes of play. He shot 9 of 14 from deep, tying his career-high in three-pointers made in a single game.

The final score was close, but James took the lead in the fourth quarter, reducing the deficit to 10 points, and the Clippers regained control.

Breaking 40 points against the Clippers, James completed a 40-point game against all 30 NBA teams, an unprecedented feat. three different players 40 points against 29 teams: Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kobe Bryant never played for the Lakers.

It’s only a matter of time before LeBron James breaks the NBA scoring record

James is not seeking records for acting in the later stages of his remarkable career. far from it His 29.8 ppg average over 37 games is the fourth-highest scoring average in his 20 NBA seasons.

James averaged 20.9 points per game as a rookie and hasn’t fallen below that pace since. He is set to break Abdul-Jabbar’s record by playing more than 100 fewer games than fellow Lakers. Abdul-Jabbar scored 38,387 points in 1,560 games. Tuesday’s game between the Lakers and the Clippers was James’ 1404th career game.

Pace is on track for James to overtake Abdul-Jabbar sometime in February. Here’s a scheduled slate of Lakers games as James pursues one of the last great milestones of his basketball career.

Wednesday: big San Antonio Spurs, 10:30 p.m. ET

Saturday: In ~ Boston Celtics, 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC)

January 30: In ~ Brooklyn Nets, 7:30 p.m. ET (NBA TV)

January 31st: In ~ New York Knicks, 7:30pm ET (TNT)

February 2: In ~ Indiana Pacers, 7 p.m. ET

February 4: In ~ New Orleans Pelicans, 8 p.m. ET

February 7: vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 10:30 p.m. ET

February 9: big Milwaukee Bucks, 10:00 PM ET (TNT)

February 11: In ~ Golden State Warriors, 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC)

February 13: Portland Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. ET

February 15th: v. New Orleans Pelicans, 10 p.m. ET (ESPN)

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