With a basket with 5:20 left in the first half against Washington, LeBron James became the second best scorer each epoch outlasting Karl Malone. A basket that brought him to 20 points, those necessary to overcome the 36,928 quota set by Malone during his career. James is now at 36,947 career points, 1,440 points away from that first place Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has held since 1989, the last year of his twenty-year career. A goal that can be reached in about fifty games
James’s finish was greeted by a standing ovation from the sold-out Capital One Arena to witness the King’s big night, now chasing Jabbar’s top spot. “Kareem’s record? I hope to achieve it. Someday I will think back to this moment, but I cannot separate it from defeat. We had a great opportunity to find rhythm ».
Boston overwhelms Jokic, Warriors and Sixers lose
Tatum and Brown combine for 60 points and win big at Jokic’s home, moving half a game away from second place in the East. Internal defeats for Golden State (overtaken a few tenths from the siren by San Antonio) and Philadelphia (beaten by Toronto), while Phoenix moves on to Sacramento after extra time. In Atlanta the best Danilo Gallinari of the season (27 points) is not enough to overcome New Orleans, Memphis, Indiana, Orlando and Utah win.
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