Lakers’ LeBron James Matches Franchise Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in a Unique Scoring Feat

Published 01/27/2021, 11:03 PM EST
Jan 25, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports


The Philadelphia 76ers handed the LA Lakers their first road defeat of the season tonight. The two sides fought neck to neck till the final whistle of the game but unfortunately, LeBron James and the purple and gold lost the game by just one point.

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Following this defeat, the Lakers are now 14-5 for the season and 10-1 on the road. Despite the defeat, LBJ put on a show for the fans. He ended up scoring 34 points while shooting 12-of-22 from the field.

Although the Lakers lost the game, LeBron James once again entered the franchise history books. He is now the only player to score 30 or more points in back-to-back games after turning 36. He joined NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in this phenomenal feat.

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After this heartbreaking defeat against the 76ers, the Lakers have a few things to look back on. For starters, they need to improve their free-throw shooting. They shot only 64% from the charity stripe as a unit.

But more importantly, Anthony Davis needs to find his touch as soon as possible. Davis has been very inconsistent this season, especially from the FT line. Over the course of his career, he has established himself as a good FT shooter, but so far this season, we haven’t seen that AD.

Should LeBron James and the LA Lakers be worried?

Jan 27, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) dunks the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Honestly, as of now, the purple and gold are without a doubt the best team in the league. Despite not being on top of their game, they almost came back from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter.

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In fact, the Lakers are still capable of elevating their game to another level as the season progresses. The key to their success is undoubtedly their leader and superstar LeBron.

All things considered, the Lakers do not need to panic right now and keep playing their natural game. Needless to say, it will be exciting to see how LeBron and the Lakers bounce back from this defeat.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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