LeBron James is now second to the late basketball great Kobe Bryant in points scored in the 20th season of their NBA careers.
The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the San Antonio Spurs in back-to-back outings at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. While the Lakers defeated the Spurs 105-94 in their first meeting on Friday courtesy of Anthony Davis scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds, it was the LeBron James show as the Lakers defeated the Spurs 143-138 in their second meeting on Saturday night.
The road trip to San Antonio was important for the struggling Lakers who had their talisman LeBron James join them on the court for the first time in six games. LeBron had missed the last five games for the Lakers because of a left adductor strain, and though Anthony Davis has stepped up in his absence – the Lakers were always going to need James back to string a run of wins.
LeBron did not disappoint on his return at all, as while he scored 21 points on his first game back on the court – he stepped it up a notch in the second outing as he racked up a season-high 39 points, 11 rebounds and three assists. The legendary veteran seemed to be at his best as he scored 11 out of his 21 field goals – and also joined the late great Kobe Bryant on a very special list.
On what list did LeBron James join Kobe Bryant on?
LeBron James joined Kobe Bryant as number two on the list of most points scored in the 20th season of their NBA careers.
With his 39-point haul against the San Antonio Spurs, LeBron joined an esteemed list of the most points scored in one game in the 20th season of an NBA career. LeBron is currently only behind Kobe Bryant, who famously scored 60 points in his last game in the NBA in 2016.
LeBron will soon look to add another scoring record to his impressive list of accolades, as he pursues Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s long-standing record of most points scored in the NBA.