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NBA: LeBron James passes 40,000-point mark but LA Lakers lose to Denver Nuggets

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LeBron James became the first NBA player to reach 40,000 career regular-season points in Saturday’s game against the Denver Nuggets.

But he described it as “bittersweet” after his Los Angeles Lakers side lost 124-114 to the defending NBA champions.

“Being the first player to do something, it’s pretty cool in this league,” said the 39-year-old, who scored 26 points on the night.

“You just know the history, you know the greats that have come through.”

James scored the historic basket with 10 minutes and 39 seconds remaining in the second quarter with a driving lay-up from the left side of the basket to give the Lakers a 37-32 lead.

The crowd gave James a standing ovation during a timeout and the ball he used to reach the milestone was removed from the game.

However, the Nuggets stretched their winning streak to six games thanks to 35 points from Nikola Jokic to leave James with mixed feelings.

“The main thing is always the main thing and that’s the win,” he said. “And I hated that had to happen in a defeat especially versus a team that plays extremely well.

“We played some good basketball but weren’t able to close it out, so [it’s] bittersweet, but I enjoyed every moment on the floor.”

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