LeBron James joins "Kareem Abdul-Jabbar" as only NBA players with 38K points

LeBron James has stood second to just Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the NBA's all-time scoring list since passing Karl Malone in March

As he approaches Abdul-Jabbar's record, he joined him with another scoring milestone on Sunday. With a jump shot from the top of the key against the Philadelphia 76ers, James scored his 38,000th and 38,001st career points. James and Abdul-Jabbar are the only players to ascend the 38,000-point plateau

Abdul-Jabbar's record stands as the lone career scoring milestone remaining on James' list. And it's in sight. Sunday's bucket against the 76ers left James 386 points behind Abdul-Jabbar's career tally of 38,367 points

Entering Sunday's game, James was averaging 29 points per game, the third-highest rate of his 20-year career. He's doing so at 38 years old. If he plays and keeps up the same average, that puts him on pace to pass Abdul-Jabbar in 14 games

Regardless, James' fans shouldn't have to wait too long to celebrate him as the NBA's all-time scoring champion. Not bad for a player who has been lauded by many as a better playmaker than scorer