James scored 46 factors within the shedding trigger however within the course of made historical past as the primary participant to hit 40 factors towards each franchise within the league.
The 38-year-old additionally ended the evening with a career-high 9 three pointers – the primary participant aged 35 or older to make 9 or extra threes in a recreation.
“I’ve put loads of work into it and was capable of make just a few pictures tonight to attempt to assist us keep within the recreation,” James informed reporters. “The Clippers, they’re actually good – exceptionally good – once they shoot the three ball.”
The Clippers made 19 three-pointers in the course of the course of Tuesday’s recreation, together with three from Paul George, who scored a team-high 27 factors, and 4 every from Terance Mann, Norman Powell and Reggie Jackson.
Kawhi Leonard, in the meantime, had 25 factors, 9 rebounds and three assists.
James introduced his all-time factors tally to 38,210 as he continues his pursuit of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s document of 38,387. Together with his common of 30.2 factors per recreation this season, James is projected to move the document in six video games’ time towards the Indiana Pacers on February 2.
“I by no means thought that I might catch Kareem in scoring, that has by no means been one thing that’s been on my thoughts,” he mentioned.
“Because it will get nearer and nearer, I believe I’ll begin to really feel it increasingly … I’ve obtained to this place by not even interested by it or not even being in that second, simply attempting to play the sport the best means.”
Behind James, Russell Westbrook scored 17 factors because the Lakers fell to their tenth straight loss towards the Clippers – a run stretching again to July 2020.
Having trailed by 23 factors at halftime, the Lakers by no means regarded more likely to get again into the sport and have now misplaced 5 of the previous eight to drop to thirteenth within the Western Convention standings.
They subsequent play the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday, whereas the Clippers – on a run of three straight wins – play the Spurs on Friday.
Together with his season common of 30.2 factors per recreation, James might move Abdul Jabbar’s 34-year-old scoring document within the NBA towards the Pacers on February 2. Listed here are the Lakers upcoming video games:
- January 25 vs. San Antonio Spurs
- January 28 at Boston Celtics
- January 30 at Brooklyn Nets
- January 31 at New York Knicks
- February 2 at Indiana Pacers*
- February 4 at New Orleans Pelicans
- February 7 vs. Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder
- February 9 vs. Milwaukee Bucks