LeBron James DROPS 44 & Passes Wilt Chamberlain On All-Time Scoring List

Lynette Rowe
November 15, 2018

James had a season-high 44 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, roaring past Chamberlain for fifth place on the scoring chart and leading the Lakers to a 126-117 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night. Catch up on all the top individual performances around the league in the Top Performers series.

The Lakers start a three-game road trip on Saturday against the Orlando Magic. The Lakers opted to play Lance Stephenson as the backup point guard during Rondo's suspension, opening up minutes for Svi Mykhailiuk to play as another guard off the bench. Portland has lost two straight to the Lakers after winning 16 in a row.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA's all-time scoring leader, with 38,387 points.

James hit his fifth 3 without a miss in the third quarter before Al-Farouq Aminu ended his ideal night from distance with a block.

The small forward has missed the last eight games because of a sore left knee, but on Tuesday, he looked every bit the player team captain Damian Lillard calls the "X-factor" to the team's success.

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"If I would have come down and my leg would have went to the side immediately, I think it would have been a lot worse, but I kind of caught it", he said.

Mike Conley, who finished on 26 points, helped put the side four points ahead with nine seconds remaining.

"Lakers: The 6'5" Josh Hart blocked a dunk attempt by the seven-foot Nurkic in the first quarter. He hasn't played since October 25 (Oct. 26, PHL time).

LEBRON JAMES HAD to remind himself to be patient with his Los Angeles Lakers team-mates during their slow start to the season. Adding a three-time NBA All-Defensive player who such as Chandler will likely rub off on the entire roster.

Portland (10-3) has won four in a row since a 114-110 loss to the visiting Lakers on November 3, its only defeat on a six-game homestand that culminated with a 100-94 win against the Boston Celtics on Sunday.

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