Miami Heat forward LeBron James reached 2,000 points for the season in Wednesday's loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, becoming just the fourth player in NBA history to score 2,000-plus points in a season nine times, per ESPN Stats & Info, via Elias.
James wasn't able to lift his Heat to victory Wednesday, but he zoomed past the milestone with a 37-point performance, bringing his tally to 2,026 for the season.
He's now reached the 2,000-point mark in nine of his 11 NBA campaigns, with the exceptions being his rookie year in 2003-04 and the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season.
The lockout season can hardly be counted against him, as James played 62 of a possible 66 games, while averaging 27.1 points per contest. Prorating those numbers to an 82-game schedule, James would have played 77 games and scored 2,087 points.
As for that rookie season, only nine players in NBA history have reached the 2,000-point plateau as rookies, and only one player—Michael Jordan in 1984-85—has done it since 1971-72.
Surprisingly, neither Jordan nor Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds the record for most 2,000-point seasons, an honor that goes to Karl Malone with 12. Jordan accomplished the feat 11 times, while Abdul-Jabbar is tied with LeBron at nine.
James will likely surpass all three Hall of Famers, but he may just be keeping the seat warm for 25-year-old Kevin Durant, who already has four 2,000-point campaigns of his own.