LeBron James passed Wilt Chamberlain for fifth place on the NBA’s career scoring list leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 126-117 victory while scoring a season-high 44 points against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.
James moved above Chamberlain on a three-point play with 3:55 to go, scoring 28 points in the second half and finishing the night with 31,425 career points.
The former Cavs man put up his most impressive performance since joining the Lakers in the off-season and fell just short of the 75th triple-double of his career.
Five of the top six scorers in NBA history played for the Lakers, and James reached his latest milestone in what was a dominant display for the Lakers amidst chants of “M-V-P!” from the Staple Centre crowd.
James scored 16 points in the third quarter and 12 in the fourth, never allowing Portland to make a final run during the Lakers’ fourth consecutive win.
Damian Lillard had 31 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, and CJ McCollum scored 23 points in the Trail Blazers’ first road loss to the Lakers since Feb. 22, 2013, ending a nine-game streak at Staples. Portland has lost two straight to the Lakers after winning 16 in a row.
JaVale McGee scored 20 points and Brandon Ingram added 17 in the Lakers’ sixth win in seven games. After a slow start, Los Angeles (8-6) is already finding its groove in its first season with James and his fellow veterans joining the young core.