LeBron James runs up to Shannon Sharpe and hugs him after Lakers beat Hawks

The Los Angeles Lakers (18-21) defeated the Atlanta Hawks (18-21) Friday night at Crypto.com Arena. After the final buzzer, LeBron James was seen running up to NFL Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe, exchanging some words and hugging each other.

Sharpe, 54, is a huge fan of James and often tasked with the challenge of defending him from Skip Bayless, his co-host on Fox Sports 1‘s “Skip and Shannon: Undisputed.”

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James, 38, scored 25 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds in 33 minutes of action. He now needs just over 450 points to surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the league’s all-time leading scorer.

Sharpe has been adamant about wanting to be present for the game in which James breaks the record and makes history.

By Sharpe’s calculations, James needs about a dozen more games to surpass Abdul-Jabbar, but he’ll likely do so February 9 at home against the Milwaukee Bucks.

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The 130-114 win over Atlanta is the Purple & Gold‘s fourth consecutive victory and are just a couple games from leaving the No. 12 seed and getting into play-in territory.

Kendrick Nunn contributed to the win with 23 points off the bench, while Russell Westbrook added 18 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in 32 minutes of action with the second unit.

Dennis Schroder (21) and Thomas Bryant (19) were the team’s two highest-scoring starters besides James. Trae Young was the leading scorer for the Hawks and the game with 32 points, but all of the visiting starters reached double-digits in scoring.

Lakers have a second contest of a back-to-back Saturday at Sacramento Kings, while Hawks visit the Los Angeles Clippers the following day.