The Los Angeles Lakers suffered yet another loss on Sunday night, taken down by the Philadelphia 76ers in a close nail-biter of a defeat.
It was a rough night for the purple and gold, who are struggling to break through and build actual playoff potential.
As has been the case all season, the team lost even though its biggest star, LeBron James, was doing phenomenally.
James was good for 35 points, 8 rebounds, and 10 assists.
Second player in NBA history to hit 38k 👑 pic.twitter.com/LG9u8nAN6K
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 16, 2023
That might not have been enough to help his team win but it did get him back into the NBA history books.
That’s because James scored his 38,000 career point on Sunday, meaning he and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are the only two NBA players to have accomplished this.
This number has been a long time coming, of course, and James achieved it in his 20th season in the league.
Now that James has passed this threshold, there is just one more: he is getting very close to becoming the all-time scoring leader for the association.
Following the game against Philly, James has scored 38,024 points.
As for Abdul-Jabbar, his final total was 38,387.
Therefore, in just a few weeks James will overtake that iconic numbers and will lead the league in a truly historic way.
You can expect tons of fanfare and headlines when James does this – but can you expect more wins from this team?
The Lakers are waiting for the return of Anthony Davis to see if they have any chance of reaching the playoffs.
Right now, it doesn’t seem too likely because even though James is performing like the once-in-a-generation player he is, the team still comes up short again and again.