During the Los Angeles Lakers 129-114 victory over the Dallas Mavericks, LeBron James managed to pass Michael Jordan is career field goals.
In the middle of the third quarter, James made a fast-break layup, giving him his 12,193rd career field goal, passing Jordan for fourth place in all-time field goals. Jordan made 12,192 field goals in 1,072 games, while James took 1,234 games to reach the milestone. James did this during a 35-point, 16-rebound, seven-assist performance against the Luka Doncic led Mavericks.
James was pleased with the accomplishment, acknowledging how difficult the grind of the regular season is for an NBA player. Last season, a lost one for James and the Lakers, James passed Jordan in all-time scoring.
The only players ahead of James in field goals made are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (15,837), Karl Malone (13,528) and Wilt Chamberlain (12,681).
With 16 rebounds in the game, James moved past Artis Gilmore for 50th all-time in rebounds. He now has 9,176 rebounds, showing his complete abilities as an all-around basketball player. For his career, James averages 27.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.8 blocks per game, making him a jack of all trades on the court.
The scoring accomplishments are the ones that stick out the most, as many criticize James for not being as natural or as graceful of a scorer as most great players. What makes James a special player is his intelligence on the court that leads to playmaking opportunities for his teammates. The fact that a defensive play (the block in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals) is his ultimate career highlight makes James beyond happy.
For his 17th season, James is averaging 25.4 points, 10.7 assists and 8.0 rebounds for the Lakers. Unlike last season, the Lakers are legit contenders.