The Los Angeles Lakers did everything they could to not spoil a big night for LeBron James, but it wasn’t enough, as they fell to the San Antonio Spurs 110-106 at the AT&T Center Parkway, dropping their record to 2-4.
However, while the Lakers lost, they still had something to celebrate. With 35 points against the Spurs, James passed Dirk Nowitzki (31,187) to move to sixth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
LeBron James is now 6th all-time in points scored in NBA history, passing Dirk Nowitzki.— Silver Screen & Roll (@LakersSBN) October 28, 2018
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James also passed living Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal (11,331) to move to 7th on the all-time made field goals list.
As if that wasn’t enough, he led the Lakers in points (35) and 11 rebounds. Unfortunately, James couldn’t do it on his own.
Outside of Rajon Rondo, who shined in first game off the bench for the Lakers since returning from his suspension on Saturday, the Lakers were unable to find production from their guards, particularly their starting backcourt.
Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart combined for just 15 points on 5-18 shooting from the field. Even though Lance Stephenson was productive once again off the bench, scoring 14 points while adding 9 rebounds and 2 assists, the Lakers need more from their guards. Hart nearly saved the Lakers with a late offensive rebound to draw free-throws, but his teammates couldn’t secure an offensive rebound after the second one and lost the game.
Kyle Kuzma was the only other source of offense the Lakers had, but his hot hand cooled down in the fourth quarter. Still, he ended the game with 15 points and 4 rebounds.
With Ingram set to from serving a four-game suspension on Monday, Kuzma’s spot in the starting five is far from secure. However, despite any struggles he had on Saturday, he’s pretty much done everything in his power to make sure whatever decision Walton comes to isn’t an easy one.
The Lakers will be back at it Monday against Jimmy Butler (maybe) and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
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