LeBron James 46 points, LA Clippers v LA Lakers, 40 points against every team, record, Jayson Tatum turnover, Dyson Daniels ankle injury, updates, score, results, highlights

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LA Lakers superstar LeBron James has made NBA history – dropping 46 points on the LA Clippers to become the first player to score 40-plus points against every team in the league.

Let that feat sink in for a moment.

James ended with 46 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals, a block and a career-high nine three-pointers in another epic masterclass despite the Lakers falling to the Clippers 133-115 on Wednesday (all times AEDT).

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With it, James is now 178 points away from passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time scoring record as the four-time MVP continues his ridiculously dominant form at age 38 in his 20th NBA season.

According to ESPN, James’s three 45-point games at age 38 plus also ties Michael Jordan for the the most all-time.

It prompted the NBA world to erupt on social media including prominent YouTuber Solo saying: “LEBRON JAMES IS F***ING INSANE!! OMG.”

The Lakers trailed by double digits for most of the game but James never stopped trying, willing them back into the contest in the fourth quarter including a triple to get the purple and gold within 10 with 6:46 minutes remaining.

But the Clippers quickly shut the door on any potential comeback, with a Kawhi Leonard steal and and-one conversion followed by a Reggie Jackson three ballooning their lead back out to 16.

Another Leonard dunk then prompted Lakers coach Darvin Ham to empty his bench with over five minutes on the clock.

Leonard and Paul George combined for 52 points in a brilliant showing from the Clippers duo to lead the team to its third win in a row to improve to 26-24.

The Lakers meanwhile had their two-game winning streak snapped to fall to 22-26, with Anthony Davis’ return and Rui Hachimura’s debut for the team since being acquired from Washington nearing.

DANIELS SUFFERS ANKLE INJURY

New Orleans Pelicans Aussie young gun Dyson Daniels has been struck down with an ankle injury during his team’s clash with the Denver Nuggets.

Daniels early in the second quarter missed a floater shot in the lane before landing awkwardly on Nuggets big man Zeke Naji’s foot and turning his right ankle.

The 19-year old looked to be in a lot of pain as he grabbed at his ankle, eventually getting helped off the court by team officials and taken to the locker room.

The team confirmed later in the second term Daniels wouldn’t return to the contest.

It’s a brutal blow both for the 19-year old, who’s flourished with increased opportunities for the injury-hit Pelicans in a promising season, and the already undermanned team, which is dealing with injuries to Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram and Naji Marshall, dropping seven of its last nine games.

“Unfortunate situation for Dyson. A good take and a good opportunity in the paint, but the Pels are shorthanded, and now this young man is going back to the locker room,” Pelicans commentator Joe Meyers noted.

“Dyson was just playing really sound at both ends of the floor. If the shot’s not falling, he’s doing all the little things well.”

The rookie, who was drafted by the Pelicans with Pick 8, started each of the team’s last six games, averaging 6.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.3 steals in 28.3 minutes, but was brought off the bench against the Nuggets.

He finished with two points and one rebound in seven minutes before departing the game.

“The silver lining in this is Dyson already has on ankle braces, so that helps,” New Orleans special comments caller Antonio Daniels highlighted.

“You’re going to see his right foot come down on Nnaji’s foot, and that hurts. Any time your ankle touches the floor, it’s obviously not a good situation.

“But it’s not nearly as bad as it could’ve been if he wasn’t wearing those protective ankle braces.”

Denver went on to win 99-98 despite a fierce fourth-quarter rally from the Pelicans led by Jose Alvardo (17 points) and CJ McCollum (20 points), who missed a potential game-winning shot, while Nikola Jokic triple-doubled with 25 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and Jamal Murray added 25 points and seven assists.

It saw the New Orleans’ losing streak extend to five games amid a tough stretch to sit a game inside the fourth seed in the West after sitting atop of the conference earlier this season.

The 34-14 Nuggets meanwhile extended their lead at the top of the West to two and a half games.

It follows a report from NBA insider Marc Stein that Williamson, who’s been out since January 3 with a hamstring injury, is making good progress, but will be re-evaluated in two weeks, meaning his absence will extend beyond a month.

ELSEWHERE …

The Miami Heat defeated Boston 98-95 at home in a tight finish to hand the Celtics their second-straight loss.

Grant Williams buried a crucial three-pointer inside the final minute of the game to even the scores, only for Bam Adebayo to respond at other end with a 12-foot jumper with the shot block winding down to put Miami up two 97-95 with 20.4 seconds left.

The Celtics then had another chance to win the game, but Jayson Tatum committed a costly turnover – his seventh for the game – on a crosscourt pass that decided the result.

Adebayo led the way for Miami, who was without Jimmy Butler (back), racking up 30 points and 15 rebounds, while Tatum posted 31 points, 14 boards and seven assists for the Celtics, who were without Jaylen Brown (rest) and Marcus Smart (ankle).

With it, the Heat improved to 27-22 and Boston fell to 35-14.

Later, a pair of Aussies produced big performances.

Jock Landale knocked down a career-high three three-pointers en route to 15 points in 14 minutes in the Phoenix Suns’ 128-97 rout of the Charlotte Hornets at Footprint Centre.

With DeAndre Ayton out with an illness, Bismack Biyombo started at centre and impressed with six points, nine rebounds, four assists and five blocks in 31 minutes, but Landale still made the most of his time on the court.

Cam Johnson’s 24 points with six triples in just 17 minutes led the way for Phoenix and Chris Paul had 14 points and 11 assists as the Suns won their third-straight game.

In Dallas, the Mavericks went down to the Washington Wizards 127-16 in a tight finish despite 41 points from Luka Doncic, while Josh Green had 16 points in his best game since his returning from injury.

Green, who was in his fourth game back since his shoulder issue that sidelined him for 20 contests, shot an efficient 7-of-9 from the field with two threes.

Kyle Kuzma lit it up for the Wizards with 30 points including hitting the go-ahead free throw and Bradley Beal added 22.

Doncic, who also notched 15 rebounds and six assists, got double-teamed on the last possession of the game and turned to the ball over to give Washington the win.

ALL RESULTS

BULLS 110 PACERS 116

CELTICS 95 HEAT 98

CAVALIERS 103 KNICKS 105

NUGGETS 99 PELICANS 98

WIZARDS 127 MAVERICKS 126

HORNETS 97 SUNS 128

CLIPPERS 133 LAKERS 115





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