LeBron James becomes the 3rd player in NBA history to eclipse 36,000 points scored. The superstar achieved this milestone with a 30-point triple-double.
With less than 48 hours remaining for King James to turn 37-years of age, he enthralled viewers around the globe with a spectacle at the Toyota Center in Houston. LeBron James is now officially part of the exclusive 36,000 points club, joining the likes of Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
The superstar ended the five-game losing streak of the Lakers, beating the Rockets 132-123. James recorded his fifth consecutive 30-point game, playing the center position for the first time in his career. Dwight Howard and DeAndre Jordan didn’t play Tuesday night’s game.
In his 19th year in the league, James played 39 minutes against the Rockets. The four-time champion shot an impressive 57.9% from the field and was 3-for-5 from the 3-point line. LBJ was a walking highlight reel tonight, performing poster dunks and chase down blocks.
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The Lakers played with a depleted roster with some players out due to league protocols, while some were injured. However, point guard Westbrook had a 24-point triple-double and was 10-fo-17 from the field.
NBA Twitter applauds the King on achieving yet another milestone.
Though questions of retirement have been pouring in for James, the four-time Finals MVP is hooping better than some of the youngest stars in the league.
— NBA (@NBA) December 29, 2021
How LeBron carrying the Lakers pic.twitter.com/wBus3bdqMX
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) December 29, 2021
King James is the youngest ever to reach 36K career points 👑
He turns 37 on Thursday pic.twitter.com/wIQor4ZRMe
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 29, 2021
LeBron becomes the third player in NBA history to reach 36,000 points 👑
➤ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 38,387 PTS
➤ Karl Malone: 36,928 PTS
➤ LeBron James: 36,000+ PTS pic.twitter.com/S100wWv56e
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 29, 2021
LeBron embracing the role of the Center position tonight was a beautiful thing to witness tonight. Carry on…
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) December 29, 2021
NBA stat clubs LeBron James is a sole member of:
36000/9000/9000 club pic.twitter.com/1oDo0hM0Gg
— StatMuse (@statmuse) December 29, 2021
Despite having the likes of multiple All-Stars like Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis, James has been the sole engine of the purple and gold team. Though Rockets did give Lakers fans a scare, James took matters into his own hands, scoring 14-points and 6-rebounds in the fourth quarter.
Though the GOAT topic is an endless conversation, James is a lifetime participant in that discussion.