LeBron James scored a season-high 44 points - 10 rebounds and nine assists to pass Wilt Chamberlain for fifth place on the NBA's career scoring list - as he led the Los Angeles Lakers to a 126-117 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.
James scored 28 points in the second half and vaulted past Chamberlain on a three-point play with 3:55 to go, finishing the night with 31,425 points. He also fell just short of the 75th triple-double of his career during his most impressive performance since joining the Lakers in the off-season.
Yet while James delivered a dazzling performance, it wasn't all good news for Los Angeles. Afterward, coach Luke Walton said Rajon Rondo broke his hand during the game. The veteran point guard will be sidelined for a few weeks.
LeBron James scored a season-high 44 points as he led the Los Angeles Lakers to victory
His efforts saw him pass Wilt Chamberlain for fifth place on the NBA's career scoring list
LeBron's Lakers earned victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night
1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38,387
2 Karl Malone 36,928
3 Kobe Bryant 33,643
4 Michael Jordan 32,292
5 LeBron James 31,425
6 Wilt Chamberlain 31,419
James has moved from seventh to fifth on the career scoring list during his debut season with Los Angeles, passing Dirk Nowitzki and Chamberlain.