June 14, 2022 – Lebron James moved up to second on the NBA’s all-time scoring list by scattering 38 points in a 129-119 loss against the Washington Wizards on March 19, 2022.
James entered the contest needing only 21 points to overtake Karl Malone who finished his career with 36,928 in his career.
James reached the milestone when he converted a lay-up at the 5:20 mark of the second quarter to the delight of the crowd who gave him a standing ovation.
The 37-year old NBA icon increased his career scoring output to 36,947 during the regular season in 1,163 games, 113 games lesser than “The Mailman”.
Next in line is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who accumulated 38,387 point during his career, which has been the gold standard since 1989. That is just about 1,400 points away from James after the game.
If LeBron maintains his 29 points a game scoring and is healthy to play about 55 games next year, the longevity record will definitely be his.
Kobe Bryant (33,643) and Michael Jordan (32,292) round up the top five.