LeBron James matches Michael Jordan with another 40-point performance

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  • Dave McMenamin, ESPN Staff WriterMar 31, 2024, 11:38 PM ET


    • Lakers and NBA reporter for ESPN.
    • Covered the Lakers and NBA for ESPNLosAngeles.com from 2009-14, the Cavaliers from 2014-18 for ESPN.com and the NBA for NBA.com from 2005-09.

LeBron James Shines in Lakers Victory

LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers showcased his exceptional skills by scoring 40 points in a remarkable 116-104 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.

Historical Milestone

At the age of 39, LeBron James became one of only two players in NBA history to have multiple games with 40 points or more, joining Michael Jordan. Jordan accomplished this feat three times, while James has done it twice.

Impressive Shooting Performance

James, a 21-year veteran, went 13-for-17 from the field and tied his career high in 3-pointers made by going 9-for-10 from beyond the arc.

James’ Evolution as a Shooter

“I don’t ever have to lean on [3-pointers] because I can do so much — I can score on any level on the floor basically once I cross half court,” said James, reflecting on his improved shooting prowess. He emphasized the importance of adapting to the league’s increasing emphasis on 3-point shooting.

Critical Game Moments

Despite the Brooklyn Nets’ strong defense, James delivered a stellar performance, especially in the fourth quarter where he scored 17 points to secure the Lakers’ victory. His exceptional shooting from downtown was crucial in maintaining the lead.

Road Trip Success

The win against the Nets marked the Lakers’ third victory in a six-game road trip. With only seven regular-season games remaining, the Lakers are determined to climb the Western Conference standings.

Historical 3-Point Percentage

James’ exceptional display on Easter improved his 3-point shooting percentage to 41.6% for the season, the best of his illustrious career.

Teammate Appreciation

“The way he shot it tonight, masterful,” said Anthony Davis, praising James’ shooting performance. Davis highlighted James’ precision and artistry on the court.

Future Plans

Despite his outstanding performance, James hinted at retirement, acknowledging that he is approaching the end of his illustrious career. He expressed gratitude for the support from fans and remains focused on making the most of his remaining time in the league.

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