Chasing Kareem: Tracking LeBron James' pursuit of NBA record

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James tosses powder before the team's NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

A look at LeBron James’ pursuit of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the NBA’s scoring record. Abdul-Jabbar has held the record since April 5, 1984:

Abdul-Jabbar points: 38,387.

James points: 38,230.

Difference: 157 points.

James’ latest game: He scored 20 points Wednesday night in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 113-104 home victory over San Antonio.

James’ scoring average this season: 29.9.

Potential record-breaker: At his current rate of 29.9 points per game, with 158 points needed to pass Abdul-Jabbar, it would take James six more games to become the NBA’s scoring leader. Assuming he does not miss any games, that makes the potential record-breaking game Feb. 7 at home against Oklahoma City.

Next Lakers game: Saturday at Boston.

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