• Kemba Walker has last 28 straight games against Lebron James
  • This is Walker's first victory against James
  • Celtics currently sit at 4th place in the Eastern Conference

Kemba Walker is one of the more prolific basketball players in the world. Dubbed as Cardiac Kemba, he’s seen as someone taking killer step-back jumpers with the game on the line.

He’s a legend in the Connecticut Huskies where he led them to a National Championship in 2011. He started his career with the Charlotte Hornets (then Bobcats) and is currently the all-time leading scorer of the franchise with 12,009 points. He’s a three-time all-star and is an All-NBA caliber player.

But with all of the accolades of a star, an interesting statistic has stood out in his career: He’s never beaten Lebron James until last Monday. He was at a surprising 0-28 against the four-time MVP of the league.

"What can I say? The guy was the best player to play in my league, in my generation," Walker said before their matchup.

It was only in their Monday night match where he was able to stop the losing skid against Lebron where his new team the Boston Celtics thwarted the visiting LA Lakers, 139-107. Walker and his squad were able to hand the Lakers their biggest in-game deficit of the season with 27 points. With his new uniform and on his ninth year in the league, Walker is now 1-28 against James.

In a game where Anthony Davis returned from a lower back injury, the balanced performance of the Celtics was able to outrun the Lakers. The all-star big man was limited recovering from his tailbone injury as he put up only 9 points and 4 rebounds.

Despite an all-around effort by James, who tallied 15 points, 7 rebounds and 13 assists, the Celtics’ distributed box score was more than enough to handle the Lakers. Jason Taytum led their team with 27 points while Jaylen Brown and Walker scored 20 points each. Walker also shot 8/13 from the field to go along with 7 assists and 4 rebounds.

This win for the Celtics snaps their three-game losing streak as they maintain the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. They’re at 28 wins and 14 losses with the Indiana Pacers trailing behind them at 28-15.

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Kemba Walker celebrates during Boston Celtics game. The Boston Globe