LeBron James overtakes Magic Johnson in all-time assists list

James is also inching closer to claiming the title of NBA's all-time leading scorer

By Web Desk
December 04, 2022
James passed Johnson  to take sixth place — Reuters

LeBron James overtook Magic Johnson in the NBA's all-time assists chart as the Los Angeles Lakers battled to a 133-129 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

James passed Johnson (10,141) into sixth place with his 11 assists against the Bucks, bringing his total to 10,144.

The 37-year-old sits behind former Utah Jazz point guard John Stockton, who leads the NBA's career assists leaderboard with 15,806, Mark Jackson (10,334), Steve Nash (10,335), Chris Paul (11,071) and Jason Kidd (12,091).

"It means a lot, obviously," James said, according to NBA.com.

"The way Magic approached the game, it was very infectious. His teammates loved playing with him because of the joy he played with and the ability to pass the ball and get other guys involved. He was always excited about seeing his teammates be great. I always admired that in him."

Currently 936 career points behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James is inching closer to claiming the title of NBA's all-time leading scorer.

As the Lakers, who were paced by Anthony Davis' 44 points, held off a late Bucks push, James scored 28 points.

Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo led all scorers with 40 points, but his team wasted some crucial opportunities as Grayson Allen and Jrue Holiday both missed three-point attempts in the final seconds of the game.