LeBron James makes his mark in the history books once again – despite the Los Angeles Lakers losing the thriller against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Another milestone for NBA legend LeBron James! The Los Angeles Lakers superstar became the second player in NBA history to score 38,000 points in his career in a 112-113 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Previously, only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had achieved this. Abdul-Jabbar still holds the NBA record for most career points scored (38,387), while James now stands at 38,024 after his 35 points against the 76ers and could break the record this season.

Despite reaching the milestone, James was unable to prevent the loss to Philadelphia. An outstanding Joel Embiid pulled the game on his side with 35 points and 11 rebounds. It was the 76ers’ seventh win in nine games.

The tragic figure of the last seconds of the game: Russell Westbrook, who failed to defend the 2.13 metre-tall Embiid.

LeBron at top of career scoring list in one month

James finished with 35 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. The teammate of German national team captain Dennis Schröder set the scoring milestone with a jumper in the first quarter.

The Lakers’ crowd cheered him on as the milestone was announced during the next timeout. Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers hugged James with a laugh – in celebration.

Along with LeBron, Westbrook is also accomplishing historic feats. He finished with 20 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists, extending his NBA record with his 198th career triple-double.

Westbrook has already recorded four triple-doubles off the bench this season, passing Detlef Schrempf, who holds the record for triple-doubles as a reserve player in his career.

Third Lakers loss in a row

While the 76ers now have their fourth consecutive away win in the bag, the Lakers are coming off three losses after a five-game winning streak.

In a well-played game, neither team led by more than eight points. In the end, it was the Sixers’ successful three-point shots that made the difference.

Guard James Harden contributed 24 points and 13 assists for Philadelphia. The Sixers’ record against LA now stands at six wins in a row.