LeBron James on chasing NBA all-time scoring record : I'm going to do it
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LeBron James says it is "just a matter of time" before he beats Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's all-time scoring record and hinted he plans to play for at least a few more seasons in the NBA. On Tuesday, 38-year-old James scored 28 points in the Los Angeles Lakers' 129-123 overtime win over the New York Knicks on the road.
With those 29 points, James has climbed to 38,299 career points. Abdul-Jabbar is still the all-time leading scorer with 38,387 but James is now less than 100 points away from breaking that record. "It's not getting heavier.
I'm going to do it. I mean, it's just a matter of time when I'm going to do it. It's not heavy. I'm not going anywhere. I'm going to be in this league for at least a few more years. I'm going to do it. It's not heavy at all," James said, per ESPN.
Anthony Davis on James' upcoming milestone
"The team is very excited. It's probably going to be a surreal moment for all of us, but probably more so him. Obviously, whatever game it is, we want to be able to win the game," Davis said of James being on the verge of setting a new all-time scoring record.
James, who turned 38 in December, is still putting up major numbers and is considered one of the best players in the league. Against the Knicks, James had his first triple-double of 28 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
Prior to the Knicks game, the Lakers lost their last two games. But at Madison Square Garden, James delivered a big performance to help the Lakers beat the Knicks and end their two-game losing streak. With the win over the Knicks, the Lakers have improved to 24-28 - they sit at No 13 of the Western Conference standings.
In their next game, the Lakers are playing the Indiana Pacers on the road. It remains to be seen if James can have another big game and lead the Lakers to their second consecutive win.