NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When LeBron James was pulling up his dribble to float an alley-oop pass to Anthony Davis, or diving into the stands in an attempt to regain the ball for the Lakers, he appeared far more concerned with immediate team goals than making NBA history. Yet, after nearly 40 minutes on the court, James couldn't stop Los Angeles from losing ground in the standings, even as he gained on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's scoring mark. James moved 36 points away from breaking the NBA career scoring r
LeBron James recorded 27 points, nine rebounds, and six assists for the Lakers as they fell to the Pelicans, 131-126. Anthony Davis added 34 points, 14 rebounds, and two blocks for the Lakers, while Brandon Ingram (season-high 35 points, five rebounds, four assists) and CJ McCollum (23 points, seven assists) combined for 58 points for the Pelicans in the victory. The Pelicans improve to 27-27 on the season, while the Lakers fall to 25-29.
'King James' now needs just 36 points to pass fellow Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's record 38,387 career points after contributing 27 points in the Lakers' 131-126 loss to the Pelicans. James, 38, has shown no sign of slowing down in his 20th season, where he is averaging more than 30 points per game and made his 19th All-Star game.