By Eurohoops Team/ [email protected]
The Los Angeles Lakers star entered Tuesday needing 224 points to surpass Kareem-Abdul Jabbar as the NBA’s all-time scoring leader. He’s that much closer after a 46-point effort in a 133-115 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Even in a losing effort, James gave fans their money’s worth. In addition to that scoring output, he posted eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals, a block, zero turnovers and zero personal fouls in 32 minutes. He shot 9-of-14 from deep, a career-high in 3-pointers made in a single game.
The final score wasn’t close, but James led a run in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 10 before the Clippers firmly took control back.
Breaking 40 points against the Clippers also completed James’ collection of 40-point games against all 30 NBA teams, an unprecedented feat. Three other players have scored 40 against 29 teams: Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kobe Bryant, who never played for the Lakers.
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