LeBron James has been breaking records since he entered the NBA at age 18, and on Wednesday night, moved into fifth all-time on the NBA scoring list when he passed Wilt Chamberlain with 31,420 points as he knocked down a free throw against the Blazers late in the fourth for his 39th point of the game.
LeBron and the Lakers were in control against Portland for much of the second half as they secured a 126-117 win, giving them their fourth in a row on their home court before heading out on a three-game road trip. LeBron was also one assist shy of a triple double as he grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out nine dimes.
LeBron still has a way to go before catching another Laker great, Kobe Bryant, for fourth on the all-time list. It was fitting that he did it at the free throw line, as he’s missed some high-profile gimmes at the charity stripe in recent weeks.
LeBron finished with 44 points and was 13-of-15 from the line, hitting 13 in a row on the night after missing his first two at the line. He was 5-of-6 from downtown as well and finished with three blocks for the game, including a big denial on Nik Stauskas at the rim earlier in the half.