LeBron James joins Kobe Bryant in old-man Lakers record with monster 46-point game
In the Los Angeles Lakers’ win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, LeBron James exploded for 46 points. This makes James the oldest Laker with a 40-point game since Kobe Bryant’s 60-point explosion in his final career game.
James’ scoring outburst guided the Lakers to a 115-108 victory over the Cavs. He shot 19-of-26 from the field, 7-of-11 from deep, and 1-of-2 from the free-throw line. James also had eight rebounds, six assists, two steals, and two blocks.
The win marked the Lakers’ third consecutive victory. On the road, they remain undefeated with a 10-0 record.
LeBron James is the oldest Laker with a 40-point game since Kobe Bryant scored 60 in his final career game. pic.twitter.com/CTcLQZe5an
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 26, 2021
Bryant played the final game of his Lakers and NBA career in April 2016 against the Utah Jazz. With the whole world watching, Bryant capped off his legendary stint by exploding for 60 points. More importantly, his team got the victory, cementing his legacy as truly one of the greats to ever play.
With his output, Bryant claimed many records, including the oldest player to score that amount at 37 years old and 234 days. It’s also the highest scoring output by a player in the final game of his career.
Coincidentally, LeBron James achieved the old-man feat on the same day he passed Kobe Bryant in the all-time scoring list exactly a year ago. James spoke highly of the Lakers icon after breaking the record, sharing narratives of how he had participated in Kobe’s basketball camps.
Bryant, for his part, congratulated James on his Twitter.
Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames. Much respect my brother 💪🏾 #33644
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 26, 2020
The tweet, which has now garnered over 2.7 million likes, carries bittersweet undertones, as it was the last tweet Bryant sent out. The following day, the Black Mamba perished in a helicopter crash along with eight others.