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LeBron James Becomes Third Player to Reach 35k Points

Feb 18, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) defended b y Brooklyn Nets forward Jeff Green (8) during the third quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
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LeBron James has another statistical feat added to his already decorated career. On Thursday, February 18th, against the Brooklyn Nets, James surpassed the 35,000 regular-season point mark. He’s the third player to do so in NBA history.

According to The Athletic, James was also the fastest to hit the 35,000 mark. He reached the number in 1,295 games. He joins the two other players, Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, reached 35,000 in their 1,295th and 1,370th game, respectively.

What does this mean for his legacy?

James joins one of the most exclusive statistical clubs. In fact, LeBron is in a lot of clubs of his own, according to StatMuse.

James reaching 35,000 points is a testament to his longevity at an All-NBA level. When it’s all said and done, he’s going to win every statistical argument for the greatest of all time, both in the playoffs and regular season.

However, for many, that still won’t be enough to label him G.O.A.T for various reasons, even after winning the Bubble NBA Championship. In some fans’ minds, his NBA Finals record is still what prevents him from being a surefire pick.

Regardless, it’s an amazing accomplishment for James, who continues to hold off Father Time.

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