With a three-point play late in the fourth quarter on Wednesday night, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James passed Wilt Chamberlain for fifth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
James entered the home game against the Portland Trail Blazers needing 39 points to pass the Hall of Famer. He had 36 before he drove to hit a 12-foot jumper and was fouled by Jake Layman. By sinking the foul shot, James took his career point total past Chamberlain’s 31,419 and boosted the Lakers’ lead to 121-106.
James added five more points to give him 44 on the night and 31,425 for his career. He just missed recording a triple-double, as he added 10 rebounds and nine assists in a game that Los Angeles won 126-117.
The next target for James on the all-time scoring list is Michael Jordan, who finished with 32,292 points. The top three on the list are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387), Karl Malone (36,928) and Kobe Bryant (33,643).