LeBron James, Russell Westbrook match Kareem record not done in 43 years
While the Los Angeles Lakers have had somewhat of a rough start to the NBA season, the star-studded cast of the Purple and Gold continue to make history on the hardwood. The latest achievement came in the triple overtime thriller of a matchup between the Lakers and the Kings, which saw the Lakers bow out to Sacramento, 137-141. Despite falling short of the win, Russell Westbrook managed to drop 29 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists, while LeBron James himself had 30 points, 7 rebounds, and 11 assists. Friday night’s historic performance from the two former NBA MVPs was only the second time a Lakers duo scored at least 25 points and 10 rebounds in one game. The record was originally solely held by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Norm Nixon.
The following was tweeted by ESPN Stats & Info on the matter:
LeBron James and Russell Westbrook became the first Lakers duo to each record at least 25 points and 10 assists in a game since Nov. 3, 1978 (Norm Nixon & Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). pic.twitter.com/9grJOjh9ju
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 27, 2021
The first instance happened some 43 years ago, on November 3, 1978, when L.A. faced off against the New York Knicks and Abdul-Jabbar scored 27 points with 10 assists, while Nixon tallied 27 points and 19 assists. This game against the Knicks in 1978 was also a high scoring affair, which the Lakers won, 147-124.
As the Lakers look to bounce back from their underwhelming start to the season, Lakers fans from all over are hoping for nightly lines like this from two of Los Angeles’ brightest stars.