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LeBron James has taken the next big step towards NBA points record – Isaiah Hartenstein saved the New York Knicks victory.
One record chases the next!
LeBron James (38) took a big step towards the NBA points record with another gala performance. The 38-year-old was unable to prevent the 115:133 defeat of the Los Angeles Lakers in the city duel with the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday evening (January 24, 2023, local time), but he still delighted the audience with 46 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists .
LeBron James chases NBA scoring record
James is now only 177 points short of record holder Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (75). Abdul-Jabbar still leads the list with the most NBA points with a whopping 38,387 points. His record was considered unbreakable for a long time – that could change soon.
On the hunt for the record, LeBron James also reached another milestone. According to US media, the superstar is now the only player in NBA history to have at least 40 points against every team in the league in a game.
The captain of the German national team Dennis Schröder (29) ended the evening with just seven points. Paul George (32) was the best pitcher for the Clippers with 27 points and was therefore instrumental in the victory over the Lakers.
Isaiah Hartenstein saves victory – Nikola Jokic fit again
National basketball player Isaiah Hartenstein (24), on the other hand, contributed to the success of the New York Knicks in the NBA with a strong defensive action shortly before the final siren. Around six seconds before the end, the international prevented a layup by star player Donovan Mitchell (26) from the Cleveland Cavaliers with strong positional play.
The Knicks finally prevailed 105:103 in front of their home crowd. In total, Hartenstein had four points, nine rebounds and four assists. New York, seventh in the Eastern Conference, is still keeping an eye on the playoff spots.
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With Nikola Jokic (27) back on the field, the Denver Nuggets beat the New Orleans Pelicans 99-98 to cement their lead in the Western Conference. The Serb, who was voted the most valuable basketball player in the league for the past two years, had previously missed two games. Jokic came up with 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against the Pelicans for a double-digit triple double in three statistical categories.
In the Eastern Conference, leaders Boston Celtics conceded their second loss in a row and had to accept a 95:98 against the Miami Heat. The lead over the Philadelphia 76ers is still comparatively comfortable. (dpa/sid)