LeBron James scored 46 points in a loss to the Lakers and moved closer to the NBA’s all-time scoring record.


LeBron James moved within 177 points of the NBA’s all-time scoring record as the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Los Angeles Clippers 133-115.

James scored 46 points in the loss, but in the process became the first player to hit 40 points against any franchise in the league.

The 38-year-old also finished the night with a career-high nine three-pointers – the first player 35 or older to make nine or more in a game.

“I put in a lot of work and I was able to make some shots tonight that will help us stay in the game,” James told reporters. “The Clippers, when they shoot the three-pointer, they’re very good — exceptionally good.”

The Clippers had 19 three-pointers in Tuesday’s game, three by Paul George, who scored a team-high 27 points, and four each from Terran Mann, Norman Powell and Reggie Jackson.

Kawhi Leonard had 25 points, nine rebounds and three assists.

James surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record of 38,387 to reach 38,210 all-time points. Averaging 30.2 points this season, James is projected to tie his scoring record in six games against the Indiana Pacers on Feb. 2.

“I never thought I would catch Karim in scoring, that was never something that crossed my mind,” he said.

“I think I feel it more and more as it gets closer and closer … I got to this point by not even thinking about it or being in the moment, just trying to play the game. The right way.”

Behind James, Russell Westbrook scored 17 points as the Lakers fell to their 10th straight loss against the Clippers – a streak that stretches back to July 2020.

The Lakers, who trailed by 23 points at halftime, never seemed to have a chance to enter the game, and now they have lost five of their last eight and dropped to 13th in the Western Conference standings.

They next play the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday, while the Clippers – riding a three-game winning streak – play the Spurs on Friday.

Averaging 30.2 points per game on the season, James could pass Abdul Jabbar’s 34-year-old NBA scoring record on Feb. 2 against the Pacers.

  • January 25 vs. San Antonio Spurs
  • January 28 at the Boston Celtics
  • January 30 at the Brooklyn Nets
  • January 31 at the New York Knicks
  • Feb. 2 at Indiana Pacers*
  • February 4 at the New Orleans Pelicans
  • February 7 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
  • February 9 vs. Milwaukee Bucks


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