In the second quarter of L.A.’s Saturday contest against Denver, LeBron James became the charter member of a new club: NBA players that have scored 40,000 points.

LeBron James 40,000 points club

LeBron Reaches 40,000 … And Counting

In the second quarter of L.A.’s Saturday contest against Denver, LeBron James became the charter member of a new club: NBA players that have scored 40,000 points.

He used one of his pet moves, a powerful, rapid spin from the right elbow that resulted in a left-handed layup off glass that lifted the sellout crowd off its collective feet.

As LeBron continues his unprecedented 21st season, he ended up scoring 26 points; it came in a narrow loss, which LeBron couldn’t ignore despite being appreciative of the moment.

“For me the main thing is always the main thing and that’s to win, so I hate that it happened in defeat,” he allowed. “Bittersweet, but I enjoyed every moment tonight on the floor.”

Nonetheless, LeBron continues to chart unprecedented waters, as he’s already scored more points than the five other players to play a 21stseason managed to, combined.

“I can’t sit here and say (it doesn’t mean anything),” said LeBron. “Of course, no one has ever done it. For me to be in this position at this point and time in my career, I think it’s pretty cool. Is it at the top of my, you know, things I’ve done in my career? No. But does it mean something? Of course, absolutely.”

The NBA’s second-leading scorer that’s still active, Kevin Durant, has 28,372 career points, having entered the NBA four years after LeBron, a difference of 11,645. In other words, Durant would need to score his current average – 27.9 – points in every game for 417 games (about five seasons of 82 games), and that’s if LeBron were to stop scoring immediately.

“To be able to accomplish things in this league, the greatest players to ever play in this league, the NBA, it’s been a dream of mine,” James said. “And to hit feats and have milestones throughout my career, they all mean something to me. Absolutely. Obviously, there’s a pecking order of which ones are higher than others (laughs), but absolutely, I would be lying to you if I said, ‘No it doesn’t mean anything.’ It absolutely does.”

When LeBron passed Kareem for the top spot last season, that number was daunting enough: 38,388. To not only push that total up to 40,000, but not appear to be slowing down in the process scoring, makes it hard to envision what player can take a run at him some day in the future.

“Obviously you have to play the game quite a while, and have some good luck as far as injuries and that nature,” said LeBron when asked if he thinks anybody will break his record. “You have to take care of your body … and then you have to be productive as well. You can’t sit here and say who would it be … but records are always meant to be broken. You can never say never for any record.”

Here’s the active scoring list:

1) LeBron James: 40,017 (age 39)
2) Kevin Durant: 28,372 (35)
3) James Harden: 25,628 (34)
4) Russell Westbrook: 25,098 (35)
5) Stephen Curry: 23,254 (35)
6) DeMar DeRozan: 23,002 (34)
7) Chris Paul: 22,074 (38)
8) Damian Lillard: 20,733 (33)
9) Giannis Antetokounmpo: 18,099 (29)
10) Paul George: 17,534 (33)
11) Anthony Davis: 17,289 (30)