LeBron James close to NBA all-time scoring record

STORY: LA Lakers superstar LeBron James is on the cusp of breaking one of the NBA’s most hallowed records – to become the league’s all-time highest scorer.

He is just 36 points away from the record held by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who retired in 1989 with 38,387 points.

He’s already eclipsed career point highs for other basketball greats Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone.

Given James averages 30 points per game for the season, it’s certain he’ll pass the milestone in upcoming games against the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Milwaukee Bucks.

Fans eagerly anticipating the historic moment have snapped up courtside tickets at a premium.

According to retailer TickPick, tickets for Tuesday’s contest against OKC, could set fans back as much as $48,000. And Thursday’s game against the Bucks - close to $69,000.

Lakers Coach Darvin Ham:

“It's a historical moment. I'm sure the atmosphere will be electric. I think everyone will be on the edge of their seats and everyone wants to... you know, the hottest ticket in town to be there and to be able to say they witnessed it first hand and it's good for the Lakers, it's good for the NBA, and you know, obviously, a hell of an accomplishment by Lebron.”

At 38-years-old and now in his 20th season James these days is praised by fans and others in the league for his longevity.

As a teenager, he was the Cavaliers’ first overall pick in the 2003 Draft. In the two decades since, he’s won four titles with three different franchises, being selected to 19 All-Star games last month, as well as being a perennial MVP candidate.

Even though NBA history is set to be made this week, LeBron’s teammate Austin Reaves says at the end of the day, he’s chasing wins, not a record.

“I think, for the most part, he wants to just win games. So, if it happens tomorrow or if it happens the next game, as long as we are winning, I think that's the main thing that we are all worried about."

It's been a disappointing season for the Lakers so far, they rank a lowly 13th among 15 teams in the Western Conference standings, but just four games off the number four seed.