Lakers Week Observation: Revenge Raptors boost morale, Emperor approaches milestone

The Lakers’ record over the past week:

March 14 Lakers 111-140 Suns (away)

Lakers 103-114 Raptors on March 15

March 17 Lakers 104-124 Timberwolves (away)

March 19 Lakers 128-123 Raptors (away)

Record: 30 wins and 40 losses

Ranking: No. 9 in the West

TORONTO, CANADA – MARCH 18: LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the game against the Toronto Raptors on March 18, 2022 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Mark Blinch/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Lakers’ record over the past week:

March 14 Lakers 111-140 Suns (away)

Lakers 103-114 Raptors on March 15

March 17 Lakers 104-124 Timberwolves (away)

March 19 Lakers 128-123 Raptors (away)

Record: 30 wins and 40 losses

Ranking: No. 9 in the West

LeBron James closes to Malone record

Before this week, James was only 135 points away from Karl Malone in the regular season. Against the Suns and the Raptors, James continued his excellent performance of the previous 50 points, scoring 30+ consecutive points. But then in Minneapolis, James and the Lakers suffered a big defeat, he only got 19 points. Fighting the Raptors again today, he made 15 of 26 shots and scored 36 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. So far, he is only 19 points away from Malone.

Tomorrow, the Lakers will challenge the Washington Wizards on a back-to-back road. If James does not take a rest, he will most likely complete the transcendence and rise to the second place in the league’s all-time scoring list. If it doesn’t happen tomorrow, James will return to the familiar Cleveland for the next game. In addition to the recent two games against the Rockets and Timberwolves, James will be extremely efficient.

All-time regular season scoring list:

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38387

2. Malone 36928

3. James 36909

4. Kobe 33643

TORONTO, CANADA – MARCH 18: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates after tying the game against the Toronto Raptors on March 18, 2022 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Mark Blinch/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schedule for the coming week (both away):

Lakers vs. Wizards on March 20

Lakers vs. Cavaliers on March 22

Lakers vs. 76ers on March 24