LeBron James on Lakers not getting late-game calls from referees: It's not making sense to me seriously!

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Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Sixers vs Lakers takeaways: Winning another close game; LeBron James’ historic performance inquirer.com/sixers/sixers-… via @phillyinquirer – 2:47 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Monday’s @LockedOnLakers podcast! The Lakers have a brutal loss to the Sixers, Timeout-Gate, Russ looks off LeBron, an update on Anthony Davis, and more! @LockedOnNetwork @LockedOnNBAPods
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Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
The list of NBA players to average 35 or more minutes/game in their age-38 season or later definitely is appropriate:
LeBron James this season (36.2 mpg)
Michael Jordan (37 mpg in 2002-03 at 39)
Karl Malone (38 mpg at 38 and 36.2 at 39 in 2002-03) – 12:23 PM
David Aldridge @davidaldridgedc
It’s obviously more likely than not that LeBron James finishes his career as a Laker. But on the off chance his desire for more titles doesn’t mesh w/the pace of L.A.’s team construction, are there deals this summer that would make sense? In @TheAthletic: bit.ly/3wc31CI12:00 PM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Worst of the Worst: Russell Westbrook’s decision to shoot on the final possession instead to passing to a red-hot LeBron James.
Sixers vs Lakers takeaways: Winning another close game; James’ historic performance and Tyrese Maxey’s winning attitude inquirer.com/sixers/sixers-…8:52 AM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Best of the Best: Sunday’s victory moved the Sixers into a third-pace tie with the Bucks in the Eastern Conference standings.
Sixers vs Lakers takeaways: Winning another close game; LeBron James’ historic performance and Tyrese Maxey’s winning attitude inquirer.com/sixers/sixers-…8:22 AM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Sunday marked the Sixers’ fifth straight win in a game decided by three points or less.
Sixers vs Lakers takeaways: Winning close games; LeBron James’ historic moment and Tyrese Maxey’s winning attitude inquirer.com/sixers/sixers-… via @phillyinquirer – 6:41 AM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
LeBron James becomes only the second player in NBA history to score 3⃣8⃣K career points 👏
🎥 @NBATV pic.twitter.com/Mh8a8pnoDt1:06 AM

CBS NBA @CBSSportsNBA
LeBron James career scoring tracker: Current pace puts all-time record just 13 games away
cbssports.com/nba/news/lebro…12:39 AM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
LeBron was pointedly (and understandably) not in the mood to talk after the game. AK – 12:38 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Bron sat for 12:42 tonight and Lakers were outscored by 20 points in those minutes in a one-point 76ers win – 12:12 AM
J. Michael Falgoust @ThisIsJMichael
Russ played well but in this situation— down 1, final play — hate this iso. Doesn’t attack immediately. Defense sets. Help rotation at the rim. Better off reversing it. LBJ will cause the defense to pull and open a crease, Russ might get it back making a 45 cut. More options🤷🏽‍♂ pic.twitter.com/AezI6bUEDg12:04 AM

Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Final: Sixers 113, Lakers 112
A mind-boggling final possession there by Russell Westbrook and the Lakers. Can’t have the game end that way. LA drops to 19-24. LeBron James had 35 points, 8 rebounds + 10 assists. Westbrook had 20 pts, 14 reb + 11 ast.
Up next: vs. HOU tomorrow. – 11:57 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
Russell Westbrook’s chance to make a play to win it is off and the Lakers lose, 113-112, to Philadelphia. LeBron 35p 10a 8r; Westbrook 20p 14r 11a; Wenyen 14p; Troy Brown Jr. 13p 4r. LAL plays HOU tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/at4ICRuZlt11:57 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
Embiid checks LeBron again way too high. Gets easily beat. Forces help. Leads to a lakers open corner 3. Then Joel takes a terrible shot. This Sixers win looked like street Ball. – 11:54 PM
Tony Mejia @MejiaDinero
Darvin Ham rolled the dice with a Russell Westbrook iso vs. Joel Embiid instead of calling timeout to let LeBron create something. Not great. Lakers fall to 19-24 – 11:54 PM
David Morrow @_DavidMorrow
Didn’t even occur to Russ to look to get the rock to LeBron lmao, incredible – 11:53 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
The Sixers don’t deserve to win this one lol. So many Sixers are pushing up on LeBron and Russ like they’re pure wet pull up shooters and just letting them break down the D. Mesmerizing lineups and strategy. – 11:48 PM
Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Harden has been really good yet again offensively. 24 points on 9-14 shooting to go with 11 assists.
But that’s a biggie as Embiid fouls LeBron on a 3. No flagrant, though. – 11:38 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
Horrible foul by Joel on LeBron. It’s unfathomable how this team has defended the lakers tonight. – 11:37 PM
Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Feels like a key stretch coming up, with the Sixers trailing by one and neither LeBron nor Embiid on the floor. – 11:28 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Normal LeBron stuff: threading through a double-team, spinnign around Georges Niang for a layup. – 11:22 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Third quarter: Sixers 86, Lakers 83
LeBron James has 27 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Russell Westbrook has 15 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. LA is shooting 55.4%. They have 54 points in the paint and 18 fast-break points. Joel Embiid has 31 points and 9 rebounds. – 11:18 PM
Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Embiid got some help with a few 3s from his teammates, so the Sixers will take an 86-83 lead into the fourth.
But this is about to be the dangerous spot for the Sixers: Embiid will sit with LeBron in for the Lakers. Harden came in with 11:00 left in the fourth last night. – 11:17 PM
Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Sixers 86, Lakers 83 at the end of the third. Embiid had a nice burst at the end of the period and is up to 31 points and 9 boards. LeBron with 27-6-7. Helping tip the scales: Sixers are 10-of-29 from 3, while Lakers are 4-of-13. – 11:17 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
After Q3: Sixers 86, Lakers 83.
LeBron up to 27 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds. Embiid has 31 points to lead the Sixers. Russ with 15 points, 8 assists, 9 rebounds, nearing another triple-double. – 11:15 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
LeBron James goes to the bench for Los Angeles. Philadelphia has to take advantage of this and retake control of this one. Gotta win the non-LeBron minutes. #Sixers11:10 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Some quick-hitting analysis of LeBron James becoming the second member of the 38,000-point club for @TheAthletic: theathletic.com/4094437/2023/0…11:08 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
LeBron hit a three. Make a wish. – 11:04 PM
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Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Halftime: Lakers 58, Sixers 57
LeBron James leads LA w/ 22 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Russell Westbrook has 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. The Lakers have scored 42 of their 58 points in the paint and have 12 fast-break points. They’re just 1-for-8 on 3s (12.5%). – 10:35 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LAL closed the first half on a 9-0 run, with Westbrook and LeBron getting up and down in transition at will, enough for a 58-57 edge. – 10:34 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
In year 20 and 38 years old, LeBron James should just not be doing what he’s doing out on the floor. This is insane. He’s up 22 points on 10/12 shooting. Philly trails the Lakers 58-57 at the half as they have received 22 on 7/12 shooting from Joel Embiid. #Sixers10:34 PM
Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Halftime: Lakers 58, Sixers 5. Looked like the Sixers were building a bit of a cushion, and then LeBron happened. He’s got 22 points on 10-of-12 shooting, 6 assists and 4 rebounds. Embiid with 22 and 5. Harden with 13-3-5. Lakers are just 1-of-8 from 3 but have 42 points in paint – 10:33 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
Russell Westbrook and LeBron James link up for back-to-back highlight reel passes by Russ and scores by LeBron late in the second quarter. Their partnership has been slow to develop, but better this year. Lakers up 58-57 at the half on Philly. – 10:33 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
In yeat 20 and 38 years old, LeBron James should just not be doing what he’s doing out on the floor. This is insane. He’s up 22 points on 10/12 shooting. Philly trails the Lakers 58-57 at the half as they have received 22 on 7/11 shooting from Joel Embiid. #Sixers10:33 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Back-to-back Russ-to-LeBron transition buckets is getting this crowd way into it. – 10:30 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Watch LeBron become second player ever to reach 38,000 points nba.nbcsports.com/2023/01/15/wat…10:18 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
A last-second bucket from Wenyen Gabriel sent the Lakers into the 2nd Q with a 33-32 deficit.
LeBron had 16 points to lead the way. – 10:09 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
First quarter: Sixers 33, Lakers 32
LeBron James leads LA with 16 points, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the 38,000-point club. Russell Westbrook has 6 points and 4 assists. The Lakers scored 26 of their 32 points in the paint. LA is 0-4 on 3s and 0-1 at the FT line. – 10:08 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Wenyen Gabriel scores at the buzzer and Philly’s lead is 33-32 after 1 quarter. LeBron James has 16 points on 8/9 shooting for the Lakers. Joel Embiid has 14 points and 4 rebounds. #Sixers10:07 PM
Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Sixers lead the Lakers 33-32 after one quarter.
All-bench lineup (which now includes Tyrese Maxey) against LeBron seems like playing with fire, but in fairness, LeBron (16 points) did not have much trouble with P.J. Tucker either. Could be a high-scoring game. – 10:07 PM
Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Sixers 33, Lakers 32 at the end of the first after that Gabriel shot at the buzzer. LeBron has 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting along with a 3 assists and 2 rebounds. Embiid with 14 and 4. Lakers are shooting 60 percent and have 26 points in the paint. – 10:06 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Wenyen Gabriel keeps showing a surprise knack for buzzer-beaters, I believe his third of the season. Sixers lead Lakers 33-32, and LeBron (8 for 9) has a team-best 16 points after just nine minutes. – 10:06 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
LeBron is checking back in as LT and the jumbotron recognize him for 38,000 career points. LeBron looked somewhat nonreactive … until Doc Rivers came over to embrace him, and both men laughed. – 10:04 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
With his sixth field goal of the night, LeBron James became just the second player in NBA history to score 38,000 career points. – 9:59 PM
Nick Wright @getnickwright
The youngest in NBA history to:
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The 👑 & the 🐐 – 9:58 PM
Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
LeBron James has joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only two NBA players to score over 38,000 points. pic.twitter.com/M3pt3Kfs9t9:55 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
With that 17-foot straight-on jumper, LeBron James became only the second player ever to reach the 38,000 point mark.
LeBron is on pace to pass Kareem for the NBA all-time scoring title right before or after the All-Star break. – 9:53 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
With his last basket, LeBron James joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the second member of the 38,000-point club. – 9:53 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LeBron James just became the 2nd player ever to reach 38,000 points (Kareem).
He’s currently 386 points from tying Abdul-Jabbar. – 9:52 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
With that first-quarter basket, LeBron James has now eclipsed 38,000 career points. Only he and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) have ever reached this plateau in NBA history. The home stretch is on for the all-time regular season scoring record. – 9:52 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
LeBron James is up to 37,999 career points with a quick 10 pts already tonight on 5-of-6 shooting. The next time he puts the ball through the hoop, he’ll join Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only other player ever to reach 38,000 points in the regular season. – 9:52 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
LeBron James is out here just bullying dudes on his way to the basket. He has 10 points on 5/6 shooting as this game is tied at 14.
Joel Embiid and James Harden have combined for 12 points for Philly. #Sixers9:51 PM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
This game has an at-the-playground feel. The problem for the Sixers is LeBron is beasting dudes like a high school McDonald’s All American paying in a middle-school league. He has 10 points on 5-for-6 shooting. – 9:50 PM
Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Sixers look like they’re going to willingly switch Embiid on LeBron actions tonight, as they did in the 1st meeting, interested to see how much LA attacks or avoids that.
Only possession we saw that on so far, LeBron immediately picked the dribble up. Has killed them otherwise – 9:50 PM
Gina Mizell @ginamizell
A cool 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting for LeBron in the first five minutes. – 9:48 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
With 10 points and two assists, LeBron has accounted for the first 14 Lakers points tonight. – 9:48 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
The Lakers are going with a bigger starting lineup tonight against the 76ers:
Dennis Schroder
Troy Brown Jr.
Juan Toscano-Anderson
LeBron James
Thomas Bryant – 9:05 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
No suprise: LeBron has been upgraded to available against the Sixers. – 8:54 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
LeBron James (left ankle soreness) has been upgraded to AVAILABLE for tonight’s game vs. Philadelphia. – 8:52 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
LeBron James is available to play tonight, per the Lakers. – 8:52 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
The Lakers say LeBron James (left ankle soreness) has been upgraded to AVAILABLE for tonight’s game against Philadelphia. – 8:52 PM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
James Harden, Tobias Harris, and even LeBron James could miss Sixers-Lakers matchup inquirer.com/sixers/sixers-… via @phillyinquirer – 5:25 PM

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Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James eclipsed 38,000 career points Sunday night against the Philadelphia 76ers. Here’s what you need to know: James joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the second player to reach 38,000 career points. The four-time Finals MVP reached his 38,000th point on a 20-foot jumper with 5:43 remaining in the first quarter. Coming into Sunday’s game, James posted averages of 29 points, 8.4 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game on 50.3 percent shooting from the field. James scored 35 points against the Sixers in a 113-112 loss. After Sunday’s game, James is at 38,024 career points. -via The Athletic / January 16, 2023
Dave McMenamin: Doc Rivers on LeBron James: “I think he’s going to have the greatest career of all time. I think he’s already had it. And that’s not … I think Michael [Jordan] is the greatest of all time, but that doesn’t take anything away from LeBron. LeBron’s had the greatest career” -via Twitter @mcten / January 16, 2023



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