LeBron James Tops 40,000 Points Mark, Extending His NBA Scoring Record

LeBron James became the first NBA player to reach 40,000 regular season points on Saturday night, extending his league career scoring mark during the Lakers 124-114 loss to the Denver Nuggets at Crypto.com arena.

James passed the mark with a driving left hand layup early in the second quarter. There was no stop in play, but the mark was acknowledged during an ensuing timeout with a video tribute.

The night began with James needing nine points to hit 40,000. Last year, he passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most career points in NBA history.

Counting playoff and regular-season points, James had already eclipsed 40,000 points — he had 48,014 entering Saturday. However, he’s the first to accomplish the feat in regular season play.

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