LeBron James passed Karl Malone to become the NBA’s second all-time leading scorer despite losing the Los Angeles Lakers to the Washington Wizards.
James scored 38 points in a 127–119 loss, bringing his career points total to 36,947.
Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored more points than the 37-year-old.
“At some point, I will be able to look back on this moment, but right now the feeling that I have, I cannot separate from it. [from the loss]James said.
The Lakers have not won consecutive games since they won four games in a row from December 31 to January 7.
James scored six points in the first quarter before the dunk, and three three-pointers tied him on points with Malone.
Due to a layup later in the second quarter, he surpassed Malone’s record.
However, this was not enough to stop the Wizards from closing a 16-point gap and snapping a six-game losing streak.
Asked if he could beat Abdul-Jabbar’s record, James said, “I won’t let myself think about it.
“I’ve always just played the game the way I’ve played it over the years, and these things happen organically when I just go out and play the game right.
“I hope to achieve this at some point in my career, but I won’t think too much about it.”
In the other place Minnesota Timberwolves beat Milwaukee Bucks 138-119 and Cleveland Cavaliers passed by Detroit Pistons 113-109.
There was also a victory with a score of 129-108. Charlotte Hornets above Dallas Mavericks.