Aged 36, LeBron James becomes oldest player since Kobe Bryant to score over 40 points as he nets 46 in LA Lakers win over Cleveland

LeBron James became the oldest LA Lakers player to score 40 points in a game since Kobe Bryant’s farewell appearance in 2016 as the Lakers beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 115-108 on Monday night in the US.

The 36-year-old, playing on the eve of the first anniversary of Bryant’s death, finished on 46 points, a season high for James who many thought would have retired by now.

It was his second-highest total as a Laker and the most against Cleveland, LeBron’s first NBA team.

Adding to the 46 points scored, the legendary basketballer added eight rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks.

James, playing for the second time in Cleveland since he switched to the Lakers in 2018, scored 13 points in the final four minutes and 41 seconds.

LeBron’s points helped the Lakers claim a 10th win out of 10 on the road this season.

Anthony Davis had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, while Montrezl Harrell scored 15 off the bench.

Elsewhere Stephen Curry scored a game-high 36 points as the Golden State Warriors thrashed the Minnesota Timberwolves 130-108, overshadowing Andrew Wiggins’ reunion with his former side.

As at press time, LeBron James is one of the trending topics on US Twitter. Congrats to him.