The Rundown: LeBron scores 39,000th point; Haliburton, Pacers clinch quarterfinals berth

Published November 22, 2023, 5:00 PM ● NBA.com Philippines Staff

LeBron James became the first player in the NBA to surpass the 39,000-point mark, while Tyrese Haliburton powered the Pacers to the In-Season Tournament quarterfinals.


Magic 126, Raptors 107
Pacers 157, Hawks 152
Cavaliers 122, 76ers 119
Suns 120, Trail Blazers 107
Lakers 131, Jazz 99

What went down

Even at 38 years old, LeBron James continues to remind everyone that he is arguably the greatest to ever play the game.

In the Lakers' rout of the Jazz, James had 17 points to reach the 39,000-point mark, becoming the first player in league history to hit that milestone.

That moment set the tone for the Lakers, who early in the game established a double-digit lead over the Jazz and never looked back.

Anthony Davis had 26 and 16 to help the Lakers stay unbeaten in the In-Season Tournament group play, earning them a quarterfinals spot next month.

Big-time baller

Aside from the Lakers, the Pacers also clinched a quarterfinals berth in the In-Season Tournament.

Tyrese Haliburton led the way in their win over the Hawks today. He scored 37 points, 26 of which came in the third quarter - a new franchise record. He also dished out 16 assists, including this sweet dime:

What he said

Pacers coach Rick Carlisle is all for this new In-Season Tournament:

Did you see that?

Nothing like getting a photo with your favorite player. KD showin' this kid some love.

Extra pass

The Boston Celtics face a daunting task tomorrow when they take on the Milwaukee Bucks at 8:30 AM live on NBA League Pass.

The Bucks have won five games in a row, thanks to some superb efforts from Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak has scored at least 40 points in their last three wins and hopes to carry that momentum into Boston.

The Celtics, meanwhile, are coming off an overtime loss to the Hornets, where they squandered an 18-point lead. Can Boston bounce back at home or will Giannis drop another 40-piece? We'll have to tune in tomorrow.