Lakers’ LeBron James makes history in loss to Clippers, moves closer to all-time scoring record

LeBron James continues to defy father time. 

For the fourth time this season, James scored at the very least 40 factors, placing up 46 factors because the LA Lakers misplaced to the LA Clippers Tuesday evening, 133-115. 

LeBron James of the Lakers drives to the basket in opposition to the Clippers on Jan. 24, 2023, at Crypto.Com Area in Los Angeles.
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James made historical past within the shedding effort, changing into the primary participant to attain 40 factors in opposition to all 30 NBA groups.

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James related on 9 of his 14 three-point makes an attempt – the most threes James has made in a single recreation – whereas including eight rebounds and 7 assists. 

In his twentieth NBA season, James has not skipped a beat, averaging 30.2 factors per recreation because the Lakers have struggled simply to hover round .500. 

“I used to be capable of make a number of photographs tonight and attempt to assist us keep within the recreation,” James stated. “However the Clippers, they’re actually good. Exceptionally good once they’re taking pictures the 3-ball, and tonight they did that.”

LeBron James of the Lakers during the Philadelphia 76ers game at Crypto.com Arena on Jan. 15, 2023, in Los Angeles.

LeBron James of the Lakers through the Philadelphia 76ers recreation at Crypto.com Area on Jan. 15, 2023, in Los Angeles.
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The Clippers – beating the Lakers for the tenth consecutive recreation – shot 50% from past the three-point line and took a 23-point lead into halftime. 

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Paul George and Kawhi Leonard mixed for 52 factors whereas Norman Powell contributed 22 factors off the bench for the Clippers

“We have been forcing them into actually powerful photographs, and so they have been simply making them,” Lakers coach Darvin Ham stated. “Towards an incredible workforce like that, you have to play rattling close to excellent to beat that deficit.”

LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers looks to pass against the Trail Blazers at Moda Center on Jan. 22, 2023, in Portland, Oregon.

LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers appears to be like to move in opposition to the Path Blazers at Moda Heart on Jan. 22, 2023, in Portland, Oregon.
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James’ fourth 40-point recreation of the 2022-23 season moved him to inside 177 factors of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time NBA scoring file. 

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“I’ve obtained to this place by not even desirous about it,” James stated. “Simply being within the second, making an attempt to play the sport the best means. Even tonight, in addition to I shot the ball, I used to be nonetheless making an attempt to distribute to my guys, to verify they felt some sort of rhythm. That is simply at all times how I’ve performed the sport.”

The loss dropped the Lakers to 22-26 on the season, 1.5 video games again of the Golden State Warriors for the tenth spot within the Western Convention. 

The Related Press contributed to this report