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LeBron James just joined Karl Malone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in elite company

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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) floats in the lane as he drives to the basket during a game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019.

Steve Griffin, Deseret News

On Tuesday night, LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers joined a club that only Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar previously belonged to.

That would be the career 36,000-point club, as James passed the threshold during a 132-123 Lakers win over the Houston Rockets.

James, who turns 37 on Thursday, is now just over 900 points behind Malone for second all-time in NBA history and nearly 2,400 behind Abdul-Jabbar’s record of 38,387.

In his 18th season, James is the youngest player in NBA history to reach every 1,000-point milestone.

Malone played 19 seasons until just shy of his 41st birthday, while Abdul-Jabbar played 20 seasons until he was 42.