LEBRON James may soon add another entry to his long list of accolades and close on Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan’s record for most 30-point games.
James scored 33 points in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 122-118 loss to the Boston Celtics, relegating NBA great Wilt Chamberlain to second on the all-time list with 516 30-point games.
Known more for exceptional passing skills than for most of his career, James, 37, needed 1,386 games to get past Chamberlain.
And he’s now 46 such games behind Jordan, 59, with the Bulls icon setting the record with 562 30-dividers – in 1,072 appearances – before retiring for the second and final time in 2003.
The Lakers All-Star will likely have to wait at least until next season to become the all-time leader.
He has recorded 40 or more 30-point games in a single season only once in his career, in his third year with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2005-06.
Still, the four-time NBA champion adds more to his already incredible resume.
Just last week, James overtook the Lakers’ awesome Magic Jordan for sixth place on the total assists list.
And he’s less than 800 points from breaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s elusive record, which the legendary center has held for nearly 40 years.
James almost ended Tuesday’s loss to Boston with a triple-double and recorded nine rebounds and nine assists in addition to his 33 points at 14-for-25 (56%) from the field.
But his efficient performance didn’t save LA from a painful home defeat to their nemesis.
After overcoming a 20-point deficit themselves, the Lakers let the Celtics end the fourth quarter on a 17-4 run and take the matchup into overtime.
And the exhausted hosts collapsed in the game’s extra five minutes with James and Anthony Davis, 29, each driving 43 minutes or more during the clash.
The Lakers are now 12th in the Western Conference with an 11-16 record.
They fell 2.5 games behind last place, guaranteeing a place in the play-in tournament.
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