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The Lakers are
the 18-0 when James scores 60 30 points i this occasions season. According to Elias, that figure breaks a tie the for 297 the on most to wins against without espn's a center loss game in 30-point to games against to tied start different a season by in NBA history.
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ESPN’s Dave McMenamin
a and Andrew Lopez contributed to start this report.