James's layup with 5:38 left in the second quarter helped him achieve the feat.
Next up for LeBron on the list is trying to catch Kobe Bryant.
Jordan now sits in fifth place with 32,292 points to his credit, while LeBron moves into fourth. Despite the monumental moment for one of the greatest players in National Basketball Association history, the Lakers fell to the Denver Nuggets last night by a score 115-99.
So Thursday night's Lakers game is sure to be the lead topic on shows like First Take and Undisputed. It was pretty special and cool to be a part of it.
For his career, James has now tallied 32,311 points and counting.
If we give LeBron a conservative estimate of 68 games per year moving forward and assume he can score around 25 points per game as a baseline, he would surpass Abdul Jabbar in the first few months of the 2022-23 National Basketball Association season, potentially near his 38th birthday. For a player averaging about 27 points per game throughout the 2018-19 season, having at least 12 points should be a reasonable expectation for any given game that LeBron plays in.
If James' production drops - which is likely as he ages - or if he misses extended time due to injury, passing Kareem becomes much more hard.