But many more were watching to see Lakers small forward LeBron James score his 18th point of the night and the 33,644th of his career, giving him one more point on the league's all-time scoring list than former Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant.
James obliged with7:22 left in the third quarter, scoring on a layup assisted from Lakers power forward Anthony Davis to cut Philadelphia's lead to 74-54 and take his place behind only Hall of FamersKareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone for most points scored in NBA history.
At that moment, the celebrations for James commenced. And they were led by Hall of Famer Magic Johnson -- and Bryant himself:
James ended up with 29 points in what was ultimately a108-91 loss in Philadelphia, as 76ers point guard Ben Simmons led his team with 10 rebounds and eight assists to go with an extremely efficient 28 points on 12-for-15 shooting. Simmons, a James protégé, showed his appreciation for James after the game.
James now has 33,655 career points, trailing Malone by 3,273 points and Abdul-Jabbar by 4,732 points.
LeBron eclipses Kobe on all-time scoring list, drops 29 in loss
LeBron James adds another milestone to his illustrious career by passing Kobe Bryant for third on the NBA all-time scoring list.
LeBron receives standing ovation after passing Kobe
The 76ers crowd showers LeBron James with applause after James passed Kobe Bryant for third on the NBA all-time scoring list.
Simmons has nothing but respect for LeBron and his historic night
Ben Simmons reflects on the Sixers' defensive outing against the Lakers and expresses his appreciation for LeBron James