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LeBron James passes Wilt Chamberlain for 5th on all-time scoring list

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James has passed Chamberlain for fifth on the all-time scoring list on Wednesday night.

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LOS ANGELES — In what was his best performance as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron James added another personal feat to his name by passing Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain for fifth on the all-time scoring list in the 126-117 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

James tied Chamberlain on an and-1 runner in the lane with 3:55 left in the fourth quarter and passed him on the following free throw. It was a part of a huge outing by James that saw him put up a near triple-double with a season-high 44 points with 10 rebounds and nine assists in the contest that saw 28 points come in the second half of the Lakers fourth straight win.

Following the game, James voiced his appreciation for being able to be mentioned in the same breath as one of the league’s all-time greats with his major individual milestone.

“One of the most dominant forces we ever had along Shaq,” James said. “One of the greatest Lakers to play the game. 10o-point scorer.One of the greatest scorers and rebounders ever to play this game. Multi-sport dimensional athlete. Someone that they have never seen in that era. He just dominated all walks of life not only basketball. Just period.”

This is a feat that James was able to accomplish near the beginning of his 16th campaign of his career that already has compiled many impressive personal feats to his name. It is simply another one that brings him back to his own roots of growing up in Akron, Ohio.

“I don’t know how I feel right now I am just happy to get another win,” James said. “But anytime my name is mentioned with one of the greats to play this game I always think back to hometown and where I come from, and how far I have come. That’s it for me.

In light of this achievement, team president and Hall of Famer Magic Johnson took to social media to congratulate James on this latest milestone. 

Next on the list is Michael Jordan (32,292 points) followed by Kobe Bryant (33,363 points) then Karl Malone (36,928 points) and Kareem Abdul Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points). 

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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarciaivsports.
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