Clippers avoid ‘scary’ acquisition of LeBron James, marvel at latest feat

Clippers avoid ‘scary’ acquisition of LeBron James, marvel at latest feat

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James scored 13 points and threw two thunderous dunks in a span of more than four minutes to cut the Clippers’ 21-point lead to 10 in the fourth quarter on Tuesday night.

“It was terrifying,” Clippers star guard Paul George said. “I’ve seen that look on Bron.”

However, this was something the Clippers hadn’t seen from the Lakers superstar until Tuesday night. James added another historic feat to his storied career when he scored 46 points in the Lakers’ 133-115 loss to the Clippers, becoming the first player in NBA history to score 40 points against all 30 franchises.

“I wanted Bron to get 40 so I could get 40 against every team,” said Clippers coach Ty Lue, who coached James in Cleveland, with a laugh. “Nah. I mean, he had it going.”

James buried a career-high nine 3-pointers and came within 178 points of passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) for the all-time points record. But his night was bittersweet because he came in an 18-point loss to the Clippers.

“We’ll see when we get there,” James said of getting past the former Lakers great. “We’ll see what, will it affect me? Just in the last few years, the last two years since we’ve won a championship, there’s been a lot of accomplishment happening in a failed effort.”

“So, it’s been very difficult to digest some or all of the gains because I don’t want to celebrate the losses.”

However, George and Kawhi Leonard celebrated James’ career after the Clippers duo was forced to prevent the return of James and the Lakers. James scored 15 in the quarter, but George and Leonard combined for 52 points overall to hold off the Lakers.

Leonard and George scored or assisted on the Clippers’ next 12 points after their lead was cut to 10 and back up to 19.

“He’s just unbelievable,” George said of James. “I think the only thing that stands out is how long he’s been doing it. Being 38 years old [and score] 46 tonight. That’s super impressive. To do it [for] 20 years old, that’s what stands out the most is just his longevity in his game and being available. You’ve practically been available for his entire career.

“The league is yours. Stand-up guy, state [an] amazing mentor, leader for a lot of us young people, and he’s been amazing. It’s great that he’s the leading scorer.”

Leonard said James has been “inspiring.”

“I didn’t think too much about it until it got closer and closer,” Leonard said of James closing in on Abdul-Jabbar’s record. “I mean, [James is] unique talent right there. You see for yourself, the way he is playing at this age.

“Definitely inspiring to everyone, just to keep that energy and that mentality to play that long and still want to go out there and contribute to this effort.”

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