February 6, 2019 / 4:37 AM / 4 months ago

NBA: James passes 32,000 career points but suffers worst career loss

Feb 5, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) takes a shot against Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33) during the third quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - LeBron James endured the worst defeat of his NBA career on Tuesday when the Los Angeles Lakers were thumped by 42 points by the Indiana Pacers.

The result was such a foregone conclusion that James sat out the entire fourth quarter in the 136-94 result in Indianapolis.

He had never in his 16-year career experienced worse than a 36-point loss before Tuesday.

James is playing his way back after missing more than a month with a groin injury.

The night was not a complete disaster from a personal standpoint for James, who scored 18 points, becoming the fifth player in NBA history to reach 32,000 points.

The four-times NBA most valuable player is in his first season with the Lakers, after his off-season move from Cleveland.

The Lakers are 27-27 for the season after Tuesday’s loss.

Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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