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LeBron James becomes the third NBA player to reach 35,000 career points

LeBron James shoots season-high 46 in LA Lakers

LeBron James reached a career milestone Thursday as he passed 35,000 points, making him the third and youngest NBA player to do so after Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone.

James ended the Los Angeles Lakers’ 109-98 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on 35,017 points — 1,911 behind Malone and 3,370 behind fellow Laker legend Abdul-Jabbar.
He reached the milestone in the manner that has defined much of his career, bulling his way to the paint and earning free throws after the defense tried in vain to stop him in the first half.
The Lakers were without Anthony Davis and Dennis Schroder in Thursday’s game, which saw the Nets secure their fifth straight victory despite James contributing 32 points and seven assists.
James Harden finished the night with 23 points and 11 assists for the Nets, while Joe Harris scored 21 points.
“For me to be linked with some of the greatest to have played this game is an honor,” James told reporters after the game.
“I’ve always just wanted to go out there and play the game the right way, inspire my teammates, inspire people that watch me and just try to be as good as I can be every single night and not really put a ceiling on my ability or put a ceiling on what I can do.”

James’ entrance into the 35,000-point club comes on the same night he was named a starter for his 17th NBA All-Star appearance, trailing only Abdul-Jabbar (19) and Bryant (18) in that honor.

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