Ticket prices soar as LeBron James nears goal record

The Lakers star is just 89 points away from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387-point threshold.

If you want a chance to witness the historic moment, you’ll have to shell out some cash.

LeBron James is closing in on history, with the Lakers star within striking distance of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record for most points in NBA history. After 28 points in Los Angeles’ 129-123 overtime win over the Knicks, James is now just 89 points off the 38,387-point mark. The 38-year-old league veteran recorded his first triple-double of the season Tuesday night with 10 rebounds and 11 assists on top of his 28 points, with James also climbing the all-time assists chart, eclipsing Mark Jackson and Steve Nash moves up to fourth place on the list.

As James moves closer to becoming the NBA’s all-time top scorer, ticket prices begin to skyrocket and fans are eager to watch history being made. Using insights from SI Tickets, we examine the most coveted Lakers seats as James nears the historic mark.

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OKC Thunder at the Los Angeles Lakers, Feb. 7, 10:30 p.m. ET

Minimum ticket price: $424
Average ticket price: $1,757.81

Averaging 30.2 points in 41 games this season, James is expected to break Abdul-Jabbar’s record at home against the Thunder — that is, if he doesn’t miss Thursday’s game against the Pacers or Saturday’s matchup against the Pelicans. If he breaks the points threshold on Tuesday night, it will mean back-to-back solid outings on the road for James. Still, fans don’t want to play as the average seat for the Lakers’ home tilt against the Thunder was booked for a whopping $1,757.81.

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Los Angeles Lakers, Feb. 9, 10:00 p.m. ET

Minimum ticket price: $393
Average ticket price: $1,931.32

James and the Lakers will be back home on February 9th hosting the Bucks at the Crypto.com Arena. This competition packs a punch – it’s based in Los Angeles, the Lakers face a cherished opponent in Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks, plus this timeline is a bit more forgiving of James’ performance. When the two teams last faced each other, the Lakers prevailed, with James recording 28 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. As many circle this game on the calendar, ticket prices have skyrocketed as the average seat costs nearly $2,000.

Los Angeles Lakers at Warriors, Feb. 11, 8:30 p.m. ET

Minimum ticket price: $323
Average ticket price: $1,131.23

This game may not be at home, but it’s close enough in San Francisco. It also has the star power, with James and the Lakers taking on Steph Curry and the Warriors. James beating the all-time points record while sharing space with a legendary shooter in curry would be a compelling story. If the NBA icon misses one of Los Angeles’ upcoming games, the Lakers-Warriors matchup could be the place where history is made. Chase Center seats start at $323 and end at $1,131.23.

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