LeBron James tops all-time NBA record in minutes in worst loss of his career

LeBron James tops all-time NBA record in minutes in worst loss of his career

Dave McMenaminESPN staff writerNovember 28, 2023 at 12:21 AM ET4 minutes to read

LeBron logs the most minutes he has ever played with an assist

LeBron James surpasses Christian Wood as he officially passes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most minutes played in the NBA.

PHILADELPHIA – No one has spent more time on the NBA court playing in games than LeBron James. Only James made the mark in the most lopsided loss of his career.

James became the league’s all-time leader in minutes played during the Los Angeles Lakers’ 138-94 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday. Taking into account regular season and postseason games, James has now played 66,319 minutes in his career, surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s total of 66,297 minutes.

James’ 30 minutes against the Sixers may have felt longer than usual, with Philadelphia outscoring Los Angeles by 30 points by the time the 38-year-old star was in the game.

“It doesn’t mean much to me,” James said when asked about the minute mark.

The 44-point loss — the largest in James’ 21-year career and tied for the fifth-most in Lakers history — was far more pressing.

James and the rest of Los Angeles’ key players were pulled for good with 8:18 left in the fourth quarter and the Lakers already trailing by 27. James was asked if he had thought about what needed to change with his team — which is now 3-6 on the road and 10-8 on the road. General – to avoid defeats such as moving forward on Monday.

“What needs to change so this doesn’t happen again? A lot,” James said.

Asked if there was anything in particular that Los Angeles needed to focus on, he repeated: “No, a lot.”

The Lakers trailed 32-19 at the end of the first quarter, digging an all-too-familiar early hole they will try to climb out of for the rest of the contest.

“I feel like we weren’t together,” Lakers big man Anthony Davis said. “A lot of quick shots, one-pass shots, no-pass shots. They started making a lot of shots. And when they got ahead a little bit — 15, 20, 25 — I think we all tried to be the hero that gets the team back instead of just hanging on.”

The Sixers made a team-best 22 three-pointers on 46 attempts (47.8%). Meanwhile, Los Angeles was just 7-for-25 (25%) from deep.

“We got killed at the 3-point line today,” James said bluntly.

Lakers guard Austin Reeves was more animated in his description of what went wrong.

“I mean they made a lot of 3s, we didn’t, and they beat us,” Reeves said. “So, I don’t know. Go back and watch this and get better.”

Davis said the team should “erase” the result from its memory — noting that it has back-to-backs against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday before it returns home — but he agreed with Reeves that a comprehensive film session would help examine loss.

“We have to look at it, embrace it and own it,” Davis said. “Guys, don’t take it personally about everything that’s said in the movie and then walk away from it.”

Regular film sessions became part of the Lakers’ success under former coach Frank Vogel but were choppy at times when a player or players took instructions as a pointed attack rather than a teaching moment.

“You’re sitting there and watching the film… it’s also in front of the whole team and the coaching staff,” Davis said. “I don’t think we have guys that are likely to take it personally. But if they did, that would probably be another conversation.”

Philadelphia outperformed its player Joel Embiid, who recorded a triple-double with 30 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and also got 31 points and eight assists from fourth-year player Therese Maxey.

While several Lakers players cited conspicuous injury absences, the team continues to be on the move — Jared Vanderbilt (heel), Gabe Vincent (knee), Cam Reddish (groin) and Rui Hachimura (broken nose) were all unavailable against Philadelphia — there was a sense The commonality is that what Los Angeles mustered on Monday wasn’t good enough.

And for a Lakers team that was knocked out of the Western Conference Finals and is hoping to take the next step this season, it was a reminder that it doesn’t look like a contender yet.

“They have championship aspirations,” Lakers coach Darvin Hamm said of the Sixers. “So do we. But in the short term, your competitive spirit has to be at a high level.”

When James was asked how a team should respond to a shock like the one the Lakers suffered in Philadelphia, he offered a personal admission rather than any collective instructions.

“I don’t know how (it should be) for the team,” he said. “I can only speak for myself… I don’t like it.”

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