WASHINGTON (AP) – LeBron James overtook Karl Malone for second place on the NBA career goalscoring list, but it was part of another loss for his Los Angeles Lakers as the Washington Wizards bounced back from a 16-year deficit. points to win 127-119 on Saturday night.
James scored 38 points, and Russell Westbrook added 22 points on his return to Washington, but the Lakers’ small squad couldn’t stop 7-foot-3 Kristaps Porzingis, who scored 16 of his 27 points in the final game. together.
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Porzingis connected on a 3-pointer with only 38 seconds left to bring the Wizards to six, and James was unable to answer on the other end. Washington overtook the Lakers 34-20 in the fourth quarter.
James is currently second only to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in terms of career leadership. He entered the game 19 points behind Malone’s total of 36,928. After the first half with six points, James continued to score in the second half including a pitch and three 3-pointers.
The last of those 3s brought him even with Malone. Then he does a backdoor cut with 5:20 left in the quarter to continue.
Moments later, as Washington’s Tomas Satoransky prepared to take the free throw, James’ achievement was shown on video screens and the crowd in Washington applauded him. James acknowledged the cheers with a wave and exchanged a hug with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, a former Washington teammate.
Abdul-Jabbar scored 38,387 points in his career. James has a chance to break that record next season if he’s fit enough.
James passed Malone in the same building where Washington D.C.’s Alex Ovechkin overtook Jaromir Jagr and took third place on the NHL’s career list for goals earlier in the week.
For much of the night, it looked like this latest milestone would come with a win, but the Lakers have yet to win back-to-back games since a four-game winning streak from December 31 to January 7. They won 128-123 in extra time in Toronto the night before.
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The Wizards skated six times. Washington (30-40) has a better record than the Lakers (30-41), but the Wizards’ post-season hopes are fading in the Eastern Conference, while Los Angeles is in solid form to make it to the play-ins. in the West.
Westbrook played for the Wizards last season, then was transferred to the Lakers in a deal that brought Caldwell-Pope and Kyle Kuzma to Washington. Kuzma did not play on Saturday because of a right knee problem. Caldwell-Pope scored 18 points.
The Lakers are still without Anthony Davis (right foot), and Bradley Beal (left wrist) on the field for the Wizards.
Lakers: Wayne Ellington (not COVID) did not play for Los Angeles. … The Lakers led 32-16 in the first quarter.
Wizard: Vernon Carey Jr. (right calf) was sidelined.
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