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LeBron James Hits 38,000 Points In Lakers’ Loss

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Carlos Medrano Araujo

January 16, 2023


LeBron James celebrates scoring the basket against the Philadelphia 76ers at Crypto.com Arena. Photo: Via Twitter @LegionHoops

Basketball superstar LeBron James breaks the 38,000-point barrier this Sunday, January 15. His 35 points, 10 assists, and eight rebounds from him were not enough to avoid the loss by the minimum against the Philadelphia 76ers. LeBron James became the second player in history to reach 38,000 after Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.


There were 5:41 left to finish the first quarter when LeBron James received a pass from Russell Westbrook, and without thinking he pulled the trigger and shot from mid-distance, that basket meant reaching 38,000 points, for the first time by an NBA player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the early ‘80s another player clinches 38k career point. Four decades later, there are two names with more than 38,000, both have been Lakers, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James.


In a game that was dominated by fast transitions and attacks on the paint. LeBron James dominated the scoring and record, then the Lakers began trying to close space to give the Sixers fewer open-shot opportunities. A close score of 32-33 in favor of the Sixers left the first quarter, and a play by Wenyen Gabriel against the buzzer closed the first quarter.


The plays of Troy Brown Jr. put the Lakers in front in the second quarter, but Joel Embiid's attacks were almost uncontrollable for Lakers center Thomas Bryant, for that reason Wenyen Gabriel and Bryant divided the minutes and thus appease the onslaught of the center and 76ers superstar.


The chemistry between Russell Westbrook and LeBron James was key for the Lakers to win the second quarter with a 58-57 score. Dunk paths with alley-op and counterattack plays fueled the spirits of the Crypto.com Arena fan base and put the Lakers in the battle for victory.


The game was so disputed that neither came to hold a comfortable advantage in points, Westbrook made a play of four points but even, so it was not enough to take off on the scoreboard.


Hammer-wielding Embiid slammed the ball into the basket to bring the Sixers within one point in the third quarter, the Sixers center had a memorable night with 35 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists to lead his team to victory.


Russell Westbrook was very active and set a new record for history, his contribution was worth a triple-double, with 20 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists. Which made him be named the player with the most triple-doubles coming off the bench.


The third quarter closed with a positive balance of 86-83 in favor of the Sixers, who saw themselves on the way to embitter the night of celebrating King LeBron. Joel Embiid passed Georges Niang who with a triple increased the lead to 111-109 in favor of Sixer, a moment later Embiid secured a two-possession lead by converting two points on paint. Leaving only 42 seconds of play on the clock.


LeBron James set up Troy Brown Jr. who with a triple put the Lakers within one point, 113-112. The Lakers had to play defense to have the last possession, Embiid faced Westbrook but missed the shot. Westbrook himself took the rebound and with 14 seconds to play and two timeouts for calling, he made the decision to isolate himself and look for the last shot, all intention of shooting was annulled by the Sixers’ defense. The Lakers were defeated 113-112 against the Sixers at home, on the day that LeBron James passed the 38,000-point barrier.

The NBA twitter account posted a photo of LeBron James with a gold inscription that read 38,000 career points.






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