Lakers’ LeBron James Matches Kobe Bryant in Yet Another Astonishing Record

Published 01/26/2021, 12:34 AM 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 Los Angeles Lakers continue their hot start to the season. LeBron James led the Lakers against the Cleveland Cavaliers in a dominant victory, and the purple and gold are now 14-4 this season. What’s even more impressive is the fact that they are yet to lose a game on the road.

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They are a perfect 10-0 when not playing at Staples Center. Right now, they are in the middle of a seven-game road trip; can they continue this form? Well, with the way LeBron is playing, it’s hard to see any team stopping them in their tracks.

LeBron James creates history against the Cavaliers

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Jan 25, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Isaac Okoro (35) looks to rebound between Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) and forward LeBron James (23) in the second quarter at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight, LBJ visited his former team for the first time since 2018. In his return, James had a roaring game, scoring a season-high 46 points! To reach this total, James knocked down seven three-pointers against the Cavs.

Following this sensational performance, King James entered NBA history books. He is now tied at the fourth sport with Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for most points by a player aged 36 or older.

This was not the only historic list that James entered tonight. He also became the oldest Lakers player to drop more than 40 points in a game since late legend Kobe Bryant. Kobe still holds the record with 60 points, which he scored in the last game of his career in 2016.

Coincidentally, last year on this day, LeBron passed the Mamba for third place on the all-time scoring list. With the way LeBron is playing at the moment, it is hard to see the Lakers not win back-to-back titles.

Are the Lakers in a perfect position to win it all?

Jan 25, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates his three-point basket with center Montrezl Harrell (15) in the first quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

After being crowned the champions of the world last season, the Lakers went through some major changes in their roster in the offseason. While they improved their roster, it took some time for the players to build chemistry.

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However, now the purple and gold are working like a well-oiled machine. They not only have the best record in the West but in the entire league. Considering their recent performances, LA looks ready to win two consecutive titles.

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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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