LeBron James could set NBA scoring record vs. Thunder. How do his career points per opponent stack up?
LeBron James is just 36 points away from passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's NBA record for most career points. The current Lakers forward is in his 20th season in the league, whereas the Abdul-Jabbar set the current record during his 21 NBA seasons.
James, who has 38,352 career points, faces the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday before taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder at home on Tuesday. With a season average of about 30 points per game, it's within the realm of possibility that the Ohio-native could set the NBA record against the Thunder.
So, how many points has James historically put up against the Thunder?
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Amongst teams LeBron James hasn't played for, he has fewest career points vs. OKC Thunder
Outside of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers, James has played the fewest career games against the Thunder. This is in-part due to the team beginning their time in the NBA in 2008, five years after he began his career with the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference.
In 34 games vs. the Thunder, James has scored 956 points, according to statmuse.com. That's the third fewest against any team, with the Lakers (829) and Cavaliers (580) being the lowest. It averages out to be 28.1 points per game. Against the Sonics, he scored 233 points in 8 games, or 29.1 points per game, tied for the highest average against any team.
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Which NBA teams does LeBron James have the most, fewest career points against?
He has the most career points vs. the Milwaukee Bucks (1,751 points in 61 games) and the most points per game vs. the Boston Celtics (29.1 PPG in 58 games).
James has the fewest career points vs. the Cavaliers (580 points in 20 games) and the lowest points per game vs. the Detroit Pistons (24.1 PPG in 61 games).
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Kevin Durant, former OKC Thunder player, has second-most career points amongst current NBA players
Despite playing over 400 fewer games than LeBron, Kevin Durant has the second-most career points amongst current NBA players. But the former OKC Thunder star is more than 10,000 points behind the Lakers forward.
Durant has 26,684 total points. The majority of those points were scored with the Thunder during his eight seasons with the team. He began his NBA career with the Sonics before the team moved east to Oklahoma.
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Lakers vs. Thunder: How to watch
The Thunder take on the Lakers at 9 p.m. Tuesday in Los Angeles. The game will be broadcast on TNT.
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