LeBron closes in on NBA's all-time scoring record

James also became the first NBA player to score 40 points in a game against every team

By Web Desk
January 25, 2023
The Lakers dropped to 13th in the Western Conference  — Reuters 

LeBron James got closer to the NBA's all-time scoring record, but his side the Los Angeles Lakers were defeated by the Los Angeles Clippers 133-115.

With 46 points, the 38-year-old came within 178 of Kareem Abdul-record Jabbar's of 38,387 points.

James also made history by becoming the first NBA player to score 40 points in a game against every NBA team.

James' total includes eight rebounds, seven assists, and a career-high nine three-pointers.

If things continue the way they are, James could surpass Abdul-record Jabbar's in the next two weeks.

"He's playing at an unbelievable level right now. It's amazing to be able to watch," said Lakers coach Darvin Ham.

"I'm happy for him, but we've got to get better. We've got to give some help in other areas. We want to win games. So everyone can do something a little bit better, myself and my staff included," he added.

Paul George led all scorers with 27 points as the Clippers defeated the Lakers for the tenth time in a row, a streak that dates back to the first game of the 2020–21 season.

The Lakers dropped to 13th in the Western Conference as the Clippers move up to fifth.

Earlier, LeBron James became only the second player in NBA history to score more than 38,000 career points.

Meanwhile, Nikola Jokic made the game-winning shot with 16 seconds left to give the Denver Nuggets a 99-98 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Jokic ended with 25 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists as the Nuggets earned their 10th victory in 11 games after he returned from a two-game absence due to a hamstring injury.