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James becomes fifth highest points scorer in NBA history

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LeBron James passes Wilt Chamberlain on NBA all-time scoring list in the Los Angeles Lakers win over the Portland Trailblazers on Wednesday night

The Los Angeles Lakers forward, LeBron James has become the fifth highest points scorer in National Basketball Association’s (NBA) history.

He has also done that, surpassing the former record of Wilt Chamberlain as the Lakers defeated the Portland Trailblazers 126-117.

The 33-year-old smashed Chamberlain’s record of 31,419 points with a free throw late in the fourth quarter of the game.

James who now has a total number of 31,425 career points, scored a season-high 44 points.

It was the highest score by Lakers’ player ever since Kobe Bryant’s 60 in his last match in April, 2016.

Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers great, Chamberlain who was a four-time most valuable player, however, picked up two NBA championships.

And he achieved this great feat back in the years 1967 and 1972 during his 14-year professional basketball career.

He is also still the only player to have scored a whopping number of 100 points in an NBA encounter.

“Anytime my name gets a mention with some of the greats to have played the game, I feel really good.

“I always think back to my hometown where I have come from and how far I have come.”

James who moved to the Lakers as a free agent in July on a four-year contract of $154m (£116m) said.

In a 15-year career, the four-time MVP has three NBA titles, two at Miami Heat and one at Cleveland Cavaliers.

“Chamberlain is one of the most dominant forces in basketball” – James

James added: “He [Chamberlain] is one of the most dominant forces we have ever had in our game.

“That is along with Shaq [Shaquille O’Neal], he is one of the greatest Lakers to ever play the game.

“And also one of the greatest scorers and rebounders ever.

“People had never seen someone like that in that era.

“And he was dominant in all walks of life, not just basketball,” the American star explained.

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