Lakers lost to the Clippers despite LeBron James setting a record.

The Los Angeles Lakers were defeated by the Los Angeles Clippers 133-115 despite LeBron James getting closer to the NBA’s all-time scoring record.

The 38-year-old scored 46 points to move to within 178 of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record of 38,387.

James also became the first player to have had a 40-point game against every NBA franchise.

“He’s playing at an unbelievable level right now. It’s amazing to be able to watch,” said Lakers coach Darvin Ham.

James’ tally included a career-best nine three-pointers as well as eight rebounds and seven assists.

On current form, James is on track to break Abdul-Jabbar’s record within two weeks.

“I’m happy for him, but we’ve got to get better,” added Ham. “We’ve got to give some help in other areas.

“We want to win games – so everyone can do something a little bit better, myself and my staff included.”

Paul George led all scorers with 27 points as the Clippers defeated the Lakers for the tenth time in a row, a streak that dates back to the first game of the 2020–21 season.

The Lakers drop to 13th in the Western Conference as the Clippers move up to fifth.

Nikola Jokic made the game-winning shot with 16 seconds left to give the Denver Nuggets a 99-98 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Jokic ended with 25 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists as the Nuggets earned their 10th victory in 11 games after he returned from a two-game absence due to a hamstring injury.