LeBron passes Wilt on the all-time scoring list

LeBron passes Wilt on the all-time scoring list

I guess it had to be that way. We wrote about LeBron struggling from the free throw line the other day, so it only makes sense that with 3:55 to go in the fourth quarter, he stepped to the line to score his 31,420th point, passing Wilt Chamberlain on the All-Time point leaders list, now in 5th place.

 

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LBJ passes Wilt on the all-time scoring list. Next one to catch up with, MJ!

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After this moment the current list looks like this:
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabar – 38,387
2. Karl Malone – 36,928
3. Kobe Bryant – 33,643
4. Michael Jordan – 32,292
5. LeBron James – 31,425

His idol and the man he’s been chasing his entire career is next in line. LeBron needs 867 points to go, and if he keeps up with his season point average at 27.6, he should overtake MJ in 37 games. If my math turns out to be right, make sure you are free January 30th when the 76ers come to LA to play the Lakers. Buy tickets if you can, but you watch, keep an eye for the assist as well.

 

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One of the best playmakers in the game ?

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After the game, LeBron commented on his achievement (via Dave McMenamin from ESPN):

When I’m able to do what I love to do, and do it at this level—and even being mentioned with the greats that have ever played this game—it just always brings me back to my hometown of Akron, and knowing where I come from, knowing how hard it was to get to this point — it’s just never being in satisfied mode. I give it all to the man above for giving me God-given abilities. I’m taking full advantage of ’em. And then my coaching staff and my teammates throughout these 16 years so far, have gotten me to this point.

By the way, the Lakers were playing the Blazers and won the game, 126 – 117. They are now 8 – 6, 7th in the Western Conference. The bad news is that just as they developed some rhythm, Rajon Rondo will be out with a broken hand (as far as we know, not connected to the hook) for a considerable period. It seems the Lakers will need a lot more of this from LeKing.