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Tuesday’s Lakers game moves to TNT as James nears record

Tuesday’s Lakers game moves to TNT as James nears record

NEW YORK (AP) – The NBA has further adjusted the schedule of nationally televised games with LeBron James taking on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the league’s scoring record.

James is on pace to break the record Tuesday at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder. That game would now be shown on TNT, a change that forced the network to rework the entire schedule for that night.

TNT was to show Atlanta in New Orleans, followed by Minnesota in Denver. Instead, it would feature Phoenix in Brooklyn first, followed by a Thunder-Lakers game.

It’s a move that follows a similar adjustment by the NBA earlier this week to showcase James and the Lakers nationally on Saturdays as he potentially moves closer to Abdul-Jabbar. That game was moved up two hours to a 6 p.m. Eastern start. Prior to the national broadcast between Dallas and Golden State at 8:30 p.m. on ABC, the Lakersโ€“Pelicans game was moved to ESPN2.

James entered Thursday needing 89 points to pass Abdul-Jabbar, who has been the league’s leading scorer since 1984.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in Paris last month that the league would make sure James’ record-breaking play was showcased nationally, as well as made available globally.

If James doesn’t have the record after Tuesday’s game, his next game is already scheduled for national TV. The Lakers’ home game February 9 against Milwaukee โ€“ the team with which Abdul-Jabbar began his career before joining the Lakers โ€“ will be shown on TNT.

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