American basketball player LeBron James has become the fifth highest point scorer in the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) history as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 126-117. The 33-year-old shot 31,425 points of his NBA career in Thursday match, breaking the legend Wilt Chamberlain’s record of 31,419.
James reached his latest milestone by scoring a season-high 44 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists in the match, making him the highest scoring Lakers player since Kobe Bryant's 60 in his final game in April 2016.
The four-time MVP has won three NBA titles, two at Miami Heat and one at Cleveland Cavaliers in a 15-year career. The next target for James on the all-time scoring list is Michael Jordan, who finished with 32,292 points.
NBA All-Time Scorers Points:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38,387
Karl Malone 36,928
Kobe Bryant 33,643
Michael Jordan 32,292
LeBron James 31,425
James, who joined the Lakers as a free agent in July, had scored 387 points for the club in four months. In the match against Portland, he scored 28 points in the second half and went on to score 16 points in the third quarter and 12 in the fourth.