LeBron James Sets NBA Record in Lakers' Historic Loss



by FARUK IMAMOVIC

LeBron James Sets NBA Record in Lakers' Historic Loss
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LeBron James, a name synonymous with basketball greatness, achieved a significant milestone in his illustrious career, albeit during one of the most challenging games for the Los Angeles Lakers.

A Bittersweet Milestone for LeBron

In Monday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers, LeBron James became the NBA's all-time leader in minutes played, surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's record.

James has now clocked 66,319 minutes, encompassing both regular-season and postseason games. This remarkable achievement reflects his durability and consistency over an extraordinary career. However, this milestone came on a night that James and the Lakers would rather forget.

The team suffered a 138-94 defeat, marking the most lopsided loss in James' 21-year career and tying for the fifth-largest loss in Lakers history. When asked about the record, James appeared indifferent, emphasizing that the defeat held more weight in his mind.

Lakers’ Struggle and Road Ahead

The game laid bare the challenges facing the Lakers this season. Trailing 32-19 at the end of the first quarter, the team struggled to find cohesion, resulting in a performance described by teammate Anthony Davis as lacking unity.

Davis highlighted a pattern of taking quick shots and the team's inability to work together as they fell behind early in the game. The 76ers' proficiency from the 3-point line only compounded the Lakers' woes, with Philadelphia making a season-best 22 3-pointers.

In stark contrast, L.A.' s 3-point shooting was lackluster, hitting just 25% of their attempts. The Lakers, now standing at 10-8 overall and 3-6 on the road, face the challenge of bouncing back from this heavy loss. Davis and other team members emphasized the importance of reviewing game footage, learning from their mistakes, and moving on.

He stressed the significance of not taking criticisms personally during film sessions, a practice that has been a part of the Lakers' routine under previous coach Frank Vogel but has sometimes led to tensions. As the Lakers look forward to their upcoming games against the Detroit Pistons and Oklahoma City Thunder, the team aims to regroup and refocus, turning this significant loss into a learning opportunity for future games.

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