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Lakers’ LeBron James becomes 3rd player ever to reach 1,000 20-point games

LeBron James, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone

LeBron James has become the third player to amass 1,000 20-point games in an NBA career, doing so after scoring a 3-pointer with less than four minutes remaining against the Miami Heat.

James scored the deep triple off an Anthony Davis assist, bringing his game tally to 22 markers. He finished the game with 25 points.

The Los Angeles Lakers star joined Karl Malone (1,134 games with 20 points or more) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,122) as the only players in NBA history to have surpassed the milestone.

Two other all-time greats in Kobe Bryant (941) and Michael Jordan (926) were unable to reach the 1,000-game milestone. James has now scored 20 points or more in 1,000 of 1,206 games in his 17-year career.

Bryant played in 1,346 games throughout his 20 seasons in the league, while Jordan played in only 1,072 games throughout his 15-year career. Jordan played only 18 games in his second NBA season after breaking his foot in his third game of the season and 17 games in 1994-95 after returning from his first retirement.

James has been a perennial 20-point scorer during his entire career, as one of only three players to average 20 or more points in each of his NBA seasons, with Jordan and Kevin Durant being the only two others.

The King has 135 more games to go before he can break Malone’s all-time mark, which would likely require another season after 2019-20 scoring at this same clip.

LeBron James has put up 20 points or more in every game besides the season opener in 2019-20, including three monster triple-doubles in the last three games for the Lakers — showing he’s still capable of putting huge numbers even at 34 years old.