LeBron James is really a phenomenon because the Lakers star crossed for the 70th time -the 1st in 2022-23- the 40 points mark.
“I had warned my teammates before the game, so I had to get there,” he said afterward. “But I started 1-for-5 on shots, so I wasn’t sure of anything.”
The NBA star, who was playing his 3rd game in four nights, nevertheless ended up entering 18 of 27 shots, including 4 of 6 from the field, as well as 7 of 9 free throws.
This performance allows him to become the 4th player in the history of the North American championship to score 45 points or more at the venerable age of 38, joining Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jamal Crawford.
The Hawks, who, thank to 29 points from Trae Young, led by 15 points in the first two periods, missed their chance afterward. Before the beginning of the James show, author of 16 points in the 2nd and 4th quarters and 13 in the 3rd.
LeBron, who missed a small decisive pass to finish with a triple-double, is more than ever in the race to overtake Abdul-Jabbar in February and become the best scorer in NBA history.
Deprived of their other star Anthony Davis, injured in a foot, the Lakers, 13th in the West, improve a record (15 v., 21 d.) so far unflattering otherwise.