LeBron James Passes 38,000 Career Points Mark but Lakers Suffer Third Straight Loss
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LeBron James reached a historic 38,000 career points during a game on Sunday, becoming the second player in NBA history to achieve this milestone.
Despite James' achievement, his team, the Los Angeles Lakers, lost to the Philadelphia 76ers with a score of 113-112.
James is now second on the NBA's all-time career scoring list behind fellow Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and is expected to surpass that total in the coming weeks.
James had 35 points, 10 assists, and 8 rebounds during the game, but was not in a celebratory mood after the loss.
LeBron James expressed frustration over the Los Angeles Lakers' defeat despite his historic achievement of scoring more than 38,000 career points.
He stated that it was frustrating to be in positions to win and not come out victorious.
Russell Westbrook was unable to make a play in the final seconds of the game for the Lakers.
In another game, Nikola Vucevic of the Chicago Bulls led his team to a 132-118 victory over the Golden State Warriors with a 43-point performance.
Vucevic stepped up in the absence of injured player DeMar DeRozan, and helped the Bulls end a three-game losing streak.
The Bulls had six players finish with double-digit points, and will travel to Paris next week to play against the Detroit Pistons.
Meanwhile, Nikola Vucevic's performance was the highlight of a balanced offensive display by the Chicago Bulls.
Vucevic bagged his ninth consecutive double-double, going 18-for-31 from the field with five three-pointers.
He said that he had a feeling early on that it was going to be his night and he just played.
Zach LaVine added 27 points, Alex Caruso and Ayo Dosunmu had 12 points each, and Coby White added 15 from the bench.
The Bulls' victory was a boost for the team as they head to Paris next week for a regular season game against the Detroit Pistons on Thursday.
The Chicago Bulls' victory over the Golden State Warriors was another sign of the reigning NBA champions' struggles.
The Warriors are currently in eighth place in the Western Conference standings with a 21-22 record.
Despite Klay Thompson leading the scoring with 26 points, the Warriors were hindered by 23 turnovers.
The coach of the Warriors, Steve Kerr, acknowledged that the team is having difficulty making good decisions and that everyone has injuries and excuses but they need to do better.
In other games, the Western Conference leading Denver Nuggets defeated the Orlando Magic 119-116, with Nikola Jokic getting the winning three-pointer with 1.2 seconds left.
He also recorded a triple-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 14 assists.
The New York Knicks won their third straight game with a 117-104 defeat of the Detroit Pistons, led by Julius Randle's 42 points and 15 rebounds.
Damian Lillard scored 40 points for the Portland Trail Blazers as they beat the Dallas Mavericks 140-123, with Mavericks star Luka Doncic being rested for the game.
The loss was a setback for the Warriors who are in a difficult position in the Western Conference standings.
Their coach, Steve Kerr, stated that the team is having trouble making consistent good decisions and that injuries and excuses are not an excuse for their poor performance.
The Denver Nuggets, who are leading the Western Conference, had a close win against the Orlando Magic with Nikola Jokic making the game-winning three-pointer with 1.2 seconds left, he also recorded a triple-double of 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 14 assists.
The New York Knicks also had a strong victory against the Detroit Pistons with Julius Randle scoring 42 points and 15 rebounds, and led by Jalen Brunson who finished with 27 points.
The Portland Trail Blazers also had a convincing win against the Dallas Mavericks with a score of 140-123, with Luka Doncic being rested for the game.