Entering his 19th NBA season, LeBron James failed to deliver the Lakers victory over the Warriors. He nevertheless left Staples Center with a new big all-time mark to his credit, overtaking Karl Malone!
The recovery was shaping up to be tough for the Lakers this year, with a California derby facing a confident team after their majestic preseason. This was confirmed on the floor on Tuesday. Opposed to the Warriors at Staples Center, Frank Vogel’s men quickly took the lead, without managing to widen a significant gap throughout the meeting. A disability that they ended up paying for.
Leading by 10 points as the end of the third quarter neared, the Angelinos let their lead slip away afterwards, only to lose quite widely in the end. While they may regret the failed official debut of Russell Westbrook, it is difficult for them to blame their other two leaders, Anthony Davis and LeBron James. The King was particularly radiant to launch his 19th NBA campaign.
New all-time record for LeBron James
With 34 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists, LBJ has made it clear that he should be counted on again in the months to come. In fact, he has a habit of showing off in great shape after a summer of revising his ranges. The proof, with an all-time ranking limited to the opening matches of the season, in which he has just taken first place !
Random stat: LeBron James now has the highest points scored by any player in opening games.
Thanks to his 34 pawns planted on Tuesday, LeBron saw his career total increase to 481 units. Enough to surpass Karl Malone, previous record holder with 463 points scored in the first games of his 19 seasons.
Of course, not sure that this feat will allow him to forget the loss conceded to Golden State. The competitor he is much prefers to come away with a win without having shined, rather than with a setback in which he has excelled. However, placing your name ahead of the Mailman, but also those of Michael Jordan or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in an all-time ranking is always exciting to start a new year!
While the Lakers did not find their way back to winning ways this season, LeBron James has gone back to his good old ways, with an all-time record hanging on. The King’s 19th campaign is launched!