LeBron James became the second NBA player in history to pass 38,000 career points during a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Philadelphia 76ers. He passed the milestone with a mid-range jumper in the first quarter and went on to score 35 points. James is now 363 points away from tying Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time record. Despite the personal accolade, James was frustrated as the Lakers lost the game 113-112, and it was their third straight defeat. Joel Embiid top-scored for the 76ers with 35 points and 11 rebounds, while James Harden had 24 points and 13 assists.
The Lakers felt that a foul should have been called late in the game, with Russell Westbrook claiming that Joel Embiid had held his arm as he tried to shoot. Westbrook said, “I was trying to attack, trying to get to the basket. It’s unfortunate but he was grabbing my wrist. I couldn’t get the ball up. It’s all good, we’ll look at it tomorrow or tonight.” The Lakers will face the Houston Rockets on Monday in an attempt to end their losing streak, while the 76ers, who have now won four out of their past five games, will play the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.