LeBron James edged closer to the NBA’s all-time scoring record, but could not prevent the Los Angeles Lakers from losing 133-115 to the Los Angeles Clippers, last night.

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.

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

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

Paul George scored 27 points for the Clippers as they earned their 10th successive victory over the Lakers, a run that stretches back to the opening game of the 2020-21 season.

The win moves the Clippers to fifth in the Western Conference while the Lakers are 13th.

Elsewhere, Nikola Jokic scored the winning basket with 16 seconds remaining as the Denver Nuggets edged the New Orleans Pelicans 99-98.

Jokic, back after a two-game absence because of a hamstring injury, finished with 25 points, 11 rebounds, and ten assists as the Nuggets secured their 10th victory in 11 matches.