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What Kemba Walker said about his first win in 29 tries against LeBron James

Walker was previously 0-28 against James in his career before Monday's game.

Kemba Walker scored 20 points in the Celtics' win over the Lakers on Monday night. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Kemba Walker finally did it. He finally defeated LeBron James.

The three-time All-Star was 0-28 in his career in his team’s games against James entering Monday night’s Lakers-Celtics matchup.

That changed Monday after the Celtics’ 139-107 win. Walker scored 20 points in the win and improved his all-time record against James to 1-28.

Walker was happy to finally get the monkey off his back.

“No question,” Walker said with a smile when asked if it was great to finally beat James. “He’s beaten a lot of people. I bet you there’s not a lot of guys that have a winning record against LeBron James.”

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Walker downplayed the singular win and recognized that he’s still just 1-28 against James in his career.

“I’m happy I got one, at least, before he goes,” Walker said. “Who knows how long he can play, he’s just incredible. I mean, it’s only one, 1-28.”

All 28 of those losses came during Walker’s time in Charlotte with the Hornets.

Walker said that if there were any player he’d want to have a losing streak like this against, it would be James.

“I have the utmost respect for LeBron and, you know, he’s one of the greatest players of all time,” Walker said. “ If there’s (a guy) I couldn’t beat, it’d be him. He’s such a great player and has done so much in this league. He’s been so far. It just feels good to win.”

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If the Celtics had lost on Monday night, Walker would’ve been one game away from tying a historic mark.

Walker’s 0-28 record against James was the second-longest winless record of one player against another player in NBA history. Sherman Douglas holds the record with an 0-30 record against Michael Jordan in his career, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Luckily for Walker, he will not be making history.

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