NBA superstar forward Lebron James achieved another milestone in his illustrious professional basketball career.
On Saturday night, James surpassed NBA veteran superstar forward Dirk Nowitzki on the all-time scoring list. The newest member of the Los Angeles Lakers made it to sixth place in the NBA all-time scoring list after he scored a season-high 35 points, putting his career total at 31,202. Despite his huge scoring night, his team the visiting Lakers still fell short against the San Antonio Spurs 110-106.
James entered Saturday with 31,167 career points, needing 21 to pass Nowitzki and become the game’s active leader in points scored. Nowitzki is currently sidelined with a left ankle
injury, which means James has likely passed him for good. James got his 21st point on a 17-foot jumper from the right wing with 7:51 left in the third quarter against the San Antonio Spurs.
It was James’ 432nd career 30-point game, passing Kobe Bryant for fourth all time on that list.
James passed Shaquille O’Neal for sixth on the all-time field goals list in the third quarter.
O’Neal had 11,330 in his 19-year career. After going 13-for-21 from the field Saturday night,
James has 11,339 made field goals.
“I’ve had to try to guard both of them when I played, and there’s nothing you can do,” Walton
said earlier Saturday. “You can play great defense, and they still make the shot. All you’re
trying to do when you’re playing guys of that level is make it hard on them. Don’t foul them.
Make them take contested shots. Make them take a lot of shots to get their points. But there’s
nothing you can do to stop either one of those guys.”