On the all-time NBA scoring chart, LeBron James passes Karl Malone for second place.

On the lifetime scoring list, LeBron James has overtaken Karl Malone, leaving only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to catch.

The Los Angeles Lakers then squandered yet another outstanding effort by their best player.

James needed 19 points to tie Malone at the start of the game. He ended up scoring twice as much, but the Washington Wizards rallied from a 16-point deficit on Saturday night to win 127-119.

In a loss, James felt he couldn’t enjoy the milestone as much.

“Obviously, I’ll be able to look back at this moment at some point,” James added, “but right now, the feeling I have – I can’t separate it.” “We had a fantastic opportunity to gain some further traction.”200

In addition to James’ 38 points, Russell Westbrook scored 22 in his return to Washington, but the Lakers’ small lineups couldn’t stop 7-foot-3 Kristaps Porzingis, who scored 16 of his 27 points in the final quarter.

LeBron James Karl Malone NBA scoring list

With 38 seconds left, Porzingis hit a 3-pointer to put the Wizards ahead by six, and James couldn’t respond on the other end. In the fourth quarter, Washington outscored the Lakers 34-20.

The Lakers haven’t won back-to-back games since a four-game winning streak from Dec. 31 to Jan. 7, when they beat Toronto in overtime.

Malone finished with 36,928 points. If James stays healthy, he can break Abdul-record Jabbar’s of 38,387 points.

“I’m not going to let myself think about it.” “I’ve always just gone out and played the game the way I’ve always played it, and these things have simply happened naturally by just going out and playing the game the proper way,” James explained. “I’m hoping to get there at some point.”

LeBron James
LeBron James (6) dribbles toward the basket during the Lakers’ loss to the Wizards on March 19, 2022.
LeBron James
LeBron James (6) attempts to finish at the rim during the Lakers’ loss to the Wizards on March 19, 2022.

Following a six-point first quarter, James went on a scoring spree in the second, including a dunk and three three-pointers. The third of those threes was enough to bring him level with Malone. Then, with 5:20 left in the first, he converted a basket off a backdoor cut to put his team ahead.

“Anytime you have to go up against a guy like LeBron,” Wizards coach Wes Unseld Jr. said. “He has the ability to go off at any time.” He had a really impressive stretch there. It’s remarkable the way he’s playing right now.”

James’ achievement was displayed on the TV screen as Washington’s Tomas Satoransky prepared to shoot free throws, and the audience in Washington gave him a standing ovation.

LeBron James Karl MaloneLeBron James (23), then with the Cavaliers, shoots against the Lakers’ Karl Malone (11) during a game on Oct. 19, 2003

In the same arena where Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals passed Jaromir Jagr and took sole ownership of third place on the NHL’s career goals list earlier this week, James passed Malone.

Until just before the game, it was unclear whether the 37-year-old James would play on the second night of this back-to-back. If he hadn’t sat out, he would have been able to attain this milestone in Cleveland, where the Lakers would next play.

James stated, “I felt good enough to go.” “The possibility of not playing was immediately dismissed.”

The Wizards ended a six-game losing streak. Although the Wizards (30-40) have a better record than the Lakers (30-41) in the Eastern Conference, their postseason aspirations are dwindling, while Los Angeles is in good shape to make the play-in round in the West.

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