The Rundown: LeBron goes for 47 on 38th birthday, Poole Party for the Warriors

Published December 31, 2022, 3:00 PMJC Ansis

On his 38th birthday, LeBron James had a 47-10-9 line while Jordan Poole splashed the Blazers with 41 points.


Wizards 119, Magic 100?
Lakers 130, Hawks 121
Raptors 113, Suns 104
Bulls 132, Pistons 118
Bucks 123, Timberwolves 114
Pelicans 127, Sixers 116
Nuggets 124, Heat 119
Warriors 118, Trail Blazers 112
Kings 126, Jazz 125

What went down

 Life has been tough for the Golden State Warriors this season. They've been up and down and recently lost Steph Curry to an injury. Against the Blazers, though, Curry's absence didn't matter as Jordan Poole continues to rise to the challenge.

The Warriors got a home victory over the Trail Blazers behind Poole's 41 points. He has been the Warriors' leading scorer in nine of the 10 games Curry has missed.

He did get a little help from Klay Thompson, who finished the game with 31 points, including the crucial triple with 1:36 left in the game.

Portland got a combined 56 points from Damian Lillard and Anfernee Simons but the Warriors were able to eke out the win to improve their home record to a league-best 16-2.

Big-time baller

There were a lot of great performances today but let's give this space to LeBron James.

The King paced the Lakers with 47 points (including four 3s), 10 rebounds, and nine assists on his birthday.

He became the fourth player in NBA history with a 45-point game at age 38 or older, joining elite company which includes Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Jamal Crawford.

What he said

Twenty years in the league and LeBron still amazes us. Does the man need to score 40 a night to get his team wins?

Did you see that?

Allow Jose Alvarado to reintroduce himself. First, a steal. Then, he draws a charge.

Check out this throwdown from Zach Lavine, who also had a 40-point game today.