‣ LeBron James recorded his 81st 30-point game since turning 35 years old, passing Karl Malone for the most by any player aged 35 or older in NBA history.
‣ The Los Angeles Lakers ended their 11-game losing streak against the Los Angeles Clippers and secured their first win over the Clippers since July 30, 2020.
‣ LeBron James became the first player in NBA history to score 35 or more points in a game in his 21st season.
Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James made history once again in Wednesday’s thrilling overtime win against the Los Angeles Clippers. James recorded his 81st 30-point game since turning 35 years old, surpassing Karl Malone for the most by any player aged 35 or older in NBA history. In a dominant performance, James finished the game with a season-high 35 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, one steal, and two blocks.
James’ exceptional performance comes as no surprise, as he continues to defy expectations even in his 21st season. He became the first player in NBA history to score 35 or more points in a game in their 21st season. Anthony Davis played a significant role in the victory as well, contributing 27 points and 10 rebounds. Austin Reaves also stepped up in overtime, scoring seven of his 15 points and making a crucial steal, leading to an alley-oop pass to James for a powerful one-handed dunk.
Despite their impressive win, the Lakers face tough competition in the chase for this season’s championship. According to several NBA betting sites, they currently hold the sixth-shortest odds to win the 2024 championship. Better odds are given to teams like the Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks, and Miami Heat.
This victory holds special significance for the Lakers as they put an end to their 11-game losing streak against the Clippers. It was their first win against their cross-city rivals since July 2020, during the NBA bubble. Additionally, it marked their first win over the Clippers on their shared home court since Christmas 2016.
Next up for LeBron James and the Lakers is a road game against the Orlando Magic this Saturday. James’s remarkable performance has undoubtedly raised the anticipation for this upcoming matchup. As the Lakers continue their season, James will undoubtedly be a force to be reckoned with on the court, leading his team to further victory.