LeBron James has monster game, passes Wilt Chamberlain on all-time scoring list
Thursday - 15/11/2018 13:44
LeBron James lit up Staples Center, doing everything for the Los Angeles Lakers in their 126-117 win over the Portland Trailblazers.
It was a historic night for James as he passed Wilt Chamberlain for fifth on the all-time NBA scoring list midway through the fourth quarter with 39 points. James now sits 867 points behind Michael Jordan for fourth and 2,218 points behind Lakers legend Kobe Bryant who is in third.
“When I’m able to do what I love to do, do it at this level, even being mentioned with the greats who have played this game – it just always brings me back to my home town of Akron,” James told ESPN after the game. “And knowing where I’ve come from, knowing how hard it was to get to this point, it’s just never being in satisfied mode.
James finished the game with 44 points – the first Lakers player to surpass the 40-point mark since D’Angelo Russell in 2017 – and nearly had a triple-double on the night with nine assists and 10 rebounds.
The all-time great started off hot from beyond the arc, making his first five 3-pointers. His sixth attempt was blocked by Portland’s Al-Farouq Aminu late in the third quarter.
But James had his own highlight block block to layup sequence.