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Wizards top Lakers, LeBron 2nd in NBA scoring
The Washington Wizards pulled off a stunning upset against the Los Angeles Lakers, winning 127-124 in a thrilling game that saw LeBron James score 31 points, but fall short of becoming the NBA’s leading scorer.
The Wizards, who have struggled this season, came out firing on all cylinders, with Bradley Beal leading the way with 33 points. Russell Westbrook added 32 points, 14 rebounds, and 9 assists, while Davis Bertans chipped in with 21 points off the bench.
Despite the loss, LeBron James continued his impressive scoring streak, moving past Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant to take second place in the NBA scoring race. James now has 26,498 career points, just 337 points behind the all-time leader, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
James has been on a tear this season, averaging 25.8 points per game, while shooting 50.8% from the field and 41.2% from beyond the arc. He has also been a force on the boards, averaging 8.0 rebounds per game, and dishing out 7.8 assists per game.
While James has been putting up impressive numbers, the Lakers have struggled to find consistency this season. The defending champions have been hit hard by injuries, with Anthony Davis missing significant time due to a calf strain, and Dennis Schroder out due to COVID-19 protocols.
Despite the setbacks, the Lakers remain one of the top teams in the Western Conference, with a 22-10 record. They will look to bounce back from their loss to the Wizards when they take on the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.
As for the Wizards, their win over the Lakers was a much-needed boost for a team that has struggled to find its footing this season. With Beal and Westbrook leading the way, the Wizards have the potential to be a dangerous team in the Eastern Conference.
While the Lakers may have lost the battle against the Wizards, they remain a formidable opponent, with James leading the way. As he continues his quest to become the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, fans can expect to see more impressive performances from the King.