LeBron James overtook Los Angeles Lakers legend Wilt Chamberlain for fifth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with a superb 44-point performance against the Portland Trail Blazers.
In his best game since arriving in Los Angeles in the summer, James added 10 rebounds and nine assists to his 44-point haul as the Lakers defeated the Blazers 126-117.
James reached 31,420 career points with an ‘And 1’ basket and free throw in the fourth quarter to pass Chamberlain.
LeBron James scores with a lay-up against the Portland Trail Blazers
James, 33, now sits directly behind Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
Speaking in the locker room after the game, James said: “Anytime my name is mentioned with some of the greats who have played this game, I’ll always think back to my hometown, how far I’ve come.
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“Knowing where I’ve come from and knowing how hard it was to get to this point… I give it all to the man above for giving me God-given abilities.
Congrats to @KingJames of the @Lakers for moving up to 5th on the NBA’s ALL-TIME SCORING list! #LakeShow #ThisIsWhyWePlay pic.twitter.com/jUoPKfGRAv
— NBA (@NBA) November 15, 2018
“I’m taking full advantage of them and then my coaching staff and team-mates throughout my 16 years so far have got me to this point.”
Wednesday night's results
- New Orleans Pelicans 100-107 Minnesota Timberwolves
- Portland Trail Blazers 117-126 Los Angeles Lakers
- Detroit Pistons 106-104 Toronto Raptors
- New York Knicks 103-128 Oklahoma City Thunder
- Philadelphia 76ers 106-111 Orlando Magic
- Cleveland Cavaliers 95-119 Washington Wizards
- Chicago Bulls 82-111 Boston Celtics
- Miami Heat 120-107 Brooklyn Nets
- Memphis Grizzlies 116-113 Milwaukee Bucks
- San Antonio Spurs 96-116 Phoenix Suns
- Utah Jazz 68-118 Dallas Mavericks
Click the video at the top of the page to watch LeBron’s 44-point performance, including the play that took him into fifth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list
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