LeBron passes Kobe, Becomes 3 All Time in Scoring
Last night, the Lakers were taking on the Philadelphia 76ers where normally, the focus would be on a LeBron & AD vs Simmons & Embiid showdown. However last night everybody was watching LeBron And his attempt at making even more history by passing Kobe Bryant for 3rd place in the All-Time Points Ranking.
It took LBJ some time but he eventually scored the 18 points he needed to pass the Black Mamba. The Philly crowd recognized the feat and gave James a Standing ovation when the game stopped.
As for the actual game though, it would be a big loss for the Lakers as early on you could notice that LeBron was a bit nervous and anxious as he knew the task at hand. This isn’t to discredit the Sixers however as we saw smothering defense from them all night long specially from Matthise Thybule who was described by Mark Jackson as one of the best rookie defenders he’s ever seen.
Key factors were ,of course, Ben Simmons who had 28 Pts, 10 Reb, 8 Ast and Tobias Harris who had 29 Pts and 8 Rebounds.
For the Lakers, the story was the early turnover, as they dug a big hole and it was tough to climb out from it. LeBron had his usual 29 Pts, 7 and 7 but had 8 TO and that’s too much. AD had 31 Pts, 7 and 7 on a night he came to play but nobody else did as no other Laker had Double figure scoring. Danny Green was God awful, shooting 1-7, Kuzma went 2-6 in a game where he couldve shot the ball more, but when he did shoot it he took bad shots. McGee’s absence was felt as he could’ve brought that spark he’s known for and energized the team.
Final score was 108 – 91 Phila.
For the Sixers this win is huge, as without Embiid and Richardson they were able to take down the best from the west. For LA, a lot of players need to show up and help. Danny Green, KCP and Especially Kuzma if rumors for a Bradley Beal swap are true. There’s no doubt Beal is a better fit for LA so he’s gonna have to play at a high level more often to save his spot in the Lakers