LeBron James edged closer to the NBA’s all-time scoring record but could not prevent the Los Angeles Lakers losing 133-115 to the Los Angeles Clippers.
The 38-year-old scored 46 points to move to within 178 of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record of 38,387.
James also became the first player to have had a 40-point game against every NBA franchise.
“He’s playing at an unbelievable level right now. It’s amazing to be able to watch,” said Lakers coach Darvin Ham.
James’ tally included a career-best nine three-pointers as well as eight rebounds and seven assists.
On current form, James is on track to break Abdul-Jabbar’s record within two weeks.
“I’m happy for him, but we’ve got to get better,” added Ham. “We’ve got to give some help in other areas.
“We want to win games – so everyone can do something a little bit better, myself and my staff included.”
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Paul George top-scored with 27 points for the Clippers as they earned their 10th successive victory over the Lakers, a run that stretches back to the opening game of the 2020-21 season.