• Lebron James is 81 points away from Kobe Bryant in the All-time scoring list
  • Lebron James might get be third overall by the end of the road trip
  • Lebron James is on pace to be number one on the list if he remains healthy

In the 2014-2015 National Basketball Association season, Kobe Bryant nailed two free throws in the middle of the second quarter against the Timberwolves to surpass his Airness Michael Jordan for third in the all-time scoring list.

The Timberwolves stopped play and awarded the Black Mamba the game ball to recognize the incredible feat – the Target center was filled with cheers and a standing ovation. Kobe retired with a final career tally of 33,643 points.

In just a few more games, the NBA will see another Laker donning the purple and gold to accomplish the same achievement. Lebron James is currently at 33,563 points, poetically 81 points away to surpass Kobe.

The Lakers are now on a five-game road trip without superstar Anthony Davis but they are still off to a strong start. They’re fresh from a 124-115 victory against the Houston Rockets with Lebron leading the pack.

James led the scoring for the Lakers with 31 points and added a team-high of 12 assists. He is currently averaging 25.5 points per game this season and has a career average of 27.1 points per game. With Lebron’s all-around consistent performance, he could emerge out of the road trip as the third all-time scorer in the NBA – much like how Kobe did it, dominating in an away game

Lebron’s longevity has always been a topic for sports fans. He’s in his 17th year and is still producing MVP-like numbers. In his recent game against the Rockets, he was still able to receive MVP chants from the away crowd. With his production still strong and unfailing, the basketball world is on their toes if he can reach the top of the list. Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabar are the two Hall of Famers he has to overcome with 36,928 and 38,387 points respectively.

Lebron is averaging close to 2,000 points per season and if his motor remains intact then it will only be a matter of time that we see a brand new all-time scoring champion in the NBA.

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LeBron James #23 is congratulated by Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers after scoring a basket against Memphis Grizzlies during the second half at Staples Center on October 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images