LeBron James broke another NBA record on Monday night, but wasn’t in the mood to talk about it as the Los Angeles Lakers were thrashed by the Philadelphia 76ers.
James became the player with the most minutes on court in NBA history, moving past Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s previous mark of 66,297 and finishing the night on 66,319 in regular-season and play-off action.
It clearly didn’t mean much to the Lakers superstar whose side trailed by 30 points when he entered the court. James still top-scored for the Lakers with 18 points but the 138-94 defeat was the heaviest of his career.
Asked about the minutes record, James said: “That doesn’t mean much to me.”
The defeat saw the Lakers slump to 3-6 on the road.
James added: “What needs to change in order for that not to happen again? Um, a lot. We got killed on the 3-point line today.”
James’ team-mate Anthony Davis was a little more forthcoming, saying: “Feel like we just weren’t together.
“A lot of quick shots, one-pass shots, no-pass shots. They started making a lot of shots. And when their lead kind of opened up a little bit – 15, 20, 25 – I think we all tried to be the hero to make the team come back instead of just sticking with it.”
As bad as the Lakers were, it shouldn’t detract from an impressive display from the 76ers, for whom Joel Embiid starred with 30 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Tyrese Maxey also chipped in with 31 points.