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Wednesday, January 25, 2023

LeBron James is the first player in NBA history to score 40 points against all 30 teams

LeBron James is the first player in NBA history to score 40 points against all 30 teLebron James has made NBA history yet again by becoming the first ever player to drop 40 points against all 30 teams in the league, as the LA Lakers star continues to show no signs of age in year 20. 

In Tuesday night's Battle of LA., 'The King' also sensationally tied Michael Jordan's record of three-45-point games - the most of all-time - at age 38. James is also now just 177 points away from tying Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's all-time NBA scoring record of 38,387 career points.

James spent the final minutes of Tuesday night's game on the bench after tumbling in the stands following a steal on Kawhi Leonard with 5:17 to go in the third quarter, as Lakers head coach Darwin Ham didn't want to potentially risk injuring the four-time NBA champion ahead of their five-game road trip starting on Saturday against the Boston Celtics.

Meanwhile, Kawhi Leonard and Co. pulled away for their 10th consecutive victory over their arena co-tenants in downtown LA., as the Clippers now climb to the fifth seed of the Western Conference with a 26-24 overall record. 

Paul George almost earned himself a double-double, chalking up 27 points and nine rebounds against the Purple and Gold. The less injury-prone Kawhi Leonard added 25 points in the Clippers' third straight win overall. 

The Clippers hit a season-high 15 three-pointers in the first half while scoring a season-high 77 points. In the second half, Tyronn Lue's men put up 56 points. 

Next up for the Lakers are the 14-33 San Antonio Spurs at home on Wednesday. Center Anthony Davis is supposed to return following a 25-game absence. The 29-year-old sustained a foot injury on December 6 in against the Cleveland Cavaliers. 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."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.

The win moves the Clippers up to fifth in the Western Conference while the Lakers are 13th.

Elsewhere, Nikola Jokic scored the winning basket with 16 seconds remaining as the Denver Nuggets edged the New Orleans Pelicans 99-98.

Jokic, back after a two-game absence because of a hamstring injury, finished with 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists as the Nuggets secured their 10th victory in 11 matches.

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