How many points does LeBron James have? NBA legend has scored over 40,000 career points

No matter how much hype surrounds a player entering the NBA, it is not realistic to expect the player will live up to the hype, let alone surpass it, and become one of the all-time greats with multiple titles, MVPs and the most points scored.

In a remarkable career that has spanned two decades – a testament to longevity, consistency and durability – Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has done both. It was impossible to predict the kind of career James has had.

And he’s not finished. James, who has scored more points than any player in NBA history, became the first player to score 40,000 career points during Saturday's game between the Lakers and Denver Nuggets.

A look at James’ attack on NBA scoring legends:

LeBron James' scoring milestones

First two points, Oct. 29, 2003

Against Sacramento in his NBA debut, James, just 18 years old, made a mid-range baseline jumper with 8:57 remaining in the first quarter. He finished with 25 points, nine assists and six rebounds.

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10,000 points, Feb. 27, 2008

On a dunk in the third quarter against Boston, James reached the 10,000-point mark – becoming, at 23 years, 58 days old, the youngest player to reach 10,000 career points.

20,000 points, Jan. 16, 2013

In his third season with Miami, James scored his 20,000th point against Golden State, becoming the youngest player, at 28 years, 17 days, to hit 20,000 points.

30,000 points, Jan. 23, 2018

At a remarkable pace of about 10,000 points every five seasons, James became the sixth player in NBA history to reach 30,000 points, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain.

32,293 points, March 6, 2019

In his first season with the Lakers, James reached another scoring milestone, passing Jordan as the No. 4 all-time leading scorer on a driving bucket just past the midway point of the second quarter.

33,644 points, Jan. 25, 2020

With 7:23 in the third quarter, James' driving layup gave him 33,644 points and pushed him ahead of Bryant (33,643) for No. 3 on the scoring list. The game was in Philadelphia, Bryant’s hometown, and the next day, Bryant died in a helicopter accident.

36,929 points, March 19, 2022

In the second quarter against Washington, James tied Malone for No. 2 with a 3-pointer and then passed Malone with a layup on a backdoor cut.

38,388 points, Feb. 7, 2023

In one of the league’s most anticipated and historic moments, James passed Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. The record-setting shot was a fadeaway mid-range jumper against Oklahoma City.

39,000 points, Nov. 21, 2023

James hit 39,000 points against Utah earlier this season, continuing his methodical march toward 40,000 points.

39,898 points, Feb. 23, 2024

James had 30 points against San Antonio.

39,926 points, Feb. 25, 2024

Scoring 28 points against Phoenix put James less than 100 points from the unprecedented 40,000 mark.

39,960 points, Feb. 28, 2024

James scored 19 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter as the Lakers overcame a 21-point deficit in the final 11:34 to beat the Los Angeles Clippers.

39,991 points, Feb. 29, 2024

James put up another 30-point game, finishing with 31 points on 12-for-24 shooting as the Lakers defeated the Washington Wizards 134-131 in overtime. He should cross the 40,000-point mark in his next game, assuming his double-digit scoring streak that stretches back to 2007 doesn't end.

40,017 points, March 2, 2024

James became the first player in NBA history to score 40,000 career points, doing it with a driving layup in the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets. He finished with a team-high 26 points on 12-of-20 shooting.

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