This Los Angeles Lakers’ matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder was a complete sideshow. This night was all about LeBron James, who came into the game needing 36 points to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the all-time scoring lead.
Anybody who is somebody came out to be a part of history. The problem is the sideshow is still important as the Lakers need to pile up some wins sitting in the 13th position with less than 30 games to go in the season. See every time LeBron moved up the scoring list, the Lakers lost.
- When LeBron passed Michael Jordan for fourth place, the Lakers lost to the Denver Nuggets.
- When LeBron passed the late, great Kobe Bryant for third place, the Lakers were blown out by the Philadelphia 76ers.
- When LeBron passed Karl Malone for second place, the Lakers lost to the Washington Wizards.
39 years, 10 months and two days ago back in 1984, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar supplanted Wilt Chamberlain as the NBA’s scoring king…
The Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder 133-130 on Tuesday night. Normally the narrative is that LeBron James did all that he could and did not get enough help. This site hates the statement but…
LeBron James did all that he could in this game and did not get enough support from his teammates. This was a game where everyone in the purple and gold not named LeBron James could have sat in the seats and eaten popcorn. This was a perfect example of this team rolling the ball to the King and letting him figure it out.
This will not be in the story part of this post-game report because it’s all about celebrating greatness, but this team needs to make a trade. The chemistry is off with this team and it will flat-out not work.
There is no justification for this loss at home… NONE!
The good of the Los Angeles Lakers loss:
Duh…LeBron James broke the record!
This moment hit him harder than most realized. He had to fight back tears as the ceremony went on. If you didn’t get chills as he thanked everyone, particularly his family, there’s really something wrong with you.
LeBron James did not chase the record but scored within the offense!
Man, this dude was on fire in the first half scoring 20 points before intermission on 6-10 shooting (Two shots from the land of the extra point!). He attacked the basket and really kept the Lakers in the game while the Thunder rolled up 76 points in the first half (So much more on this later!). This is a perfect illustration of why LeBron voiced his disappointment on the Lakers not landing Kyrie Irving. Backcourt help would have really helped out in the first 24 minutes.
It didn’t change in the third quarter as he dropped 16 points breaking the record close to the end of the quarter. Understand the Thunder still had a double-digit lead for most of the 12-minute stanza.
He finished with 38 points (13-20 shooting!), 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.
If any reader saw anything else positive…
There’s the comment section below. Please don’t bring up the 27 points by Russell Westbrook because his 6 turnovers contributed to this loss!
The bad of the Los Angeles Lakers loss:
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander got some rest from the previous blowout game!
The Thunder got smoked like a pack of Kools in their previous game against Golden State. That rest showed against the Lakers. This dude can play some basketball. He is the sole reason that OKC is in front of the Lakers at this point of the season.
He finished with 30 points, 8 assists and 2 rebounds. He is on the All-Star team and boy he deserves it. How about the Clippers giving their future away AND a guy that is averaging 31 points a game for Paul George?
The Los Angeles Lakers defense…
This team couldn’t stop an unplugged lamp in the basement of the Crypto.com arena. Look, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander puts whippings on all of the teams of the NBA. That’s understandable. But these guys?
- Mike Muscala (Remember him?): 16 points, 4 rebounds.
- Jalen Willams: 25 points, 7 rebounds, 6 steals and 2 assists.
- Jay Williams: 14 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists.
- Josh Giddey: 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists.
This is the same squad that blew out 141-114 and if anyone knows every player on this list, consider yourself a real NBA fan.
The Lakers starting backcourt:
- Dennis Schroder: 10 points, 3 assists.
- Patrick Beverley: 7 points, 5 assists. Take into effect that he scored a 3-pointer as time ran out
Magic Johnson was in attendance for the game. Why not sign him to a 10-day?
One Adam 12…One Adam 12…putting out an APB for a tall guy with an afro with a number 3 on his jersey…
The story of the Los Angeles Lakers win:
Look LeBron James deserves congratulations but let’s not forget Kareem Abdul-Jabbar!
Much of these G.O.A.T. debates are lazy journalism work by the mainstream media. LeBron James deserves every single bit of credit for breaking a record that many did not believe would be. It takes hard work behind the scenes, preparation and a lifelong commitment that started on an asphalt court in Akron, Ohio.
But let’s not forget what Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has done not only in his career but for this franchise.
This man was in the middle playing for the foundation that this franchise is still famous for today…”Showtime”. He was front and center for one of the most dominant decade runs in NBA history in the 1980s. With the exception of the late, great, Bill Russell, this man is possibly the greatest winner still living in sports history.
- He dominated the high school level with a record of 79-2 (71 straight games!) with three state titles. (Freshmen could not play back then so assume he won the ninth-grade title too!)
- He dominated the college level with a record of 88-2 with three national titles (Three Most Outstanding player awards in the Final Four!) at UCLA which is one of the storied programs in NCAA history. (Freshmen could not play varsity so assume he won the JV title too!)
- He owns six NBA titles (Five with the Lakers!)…six MVP awards and two Finals MVP awards.
- He owns the only unstoppable scoring weapon in basketball…the “Sky Hook”!
Congratulations to two all-time Los Angeles Lakers greats in LeBron James and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar from Lake Show Life.