LOS ANGELES -- LeBron James passed Wilt Chamberlain -- another all-time great who joined the Los Angeles Lakers in the latter stages of his career -- for fifth place on the NBA's all-time scoring list Thursday against the Portland Trail Blazers. James tied Chamberlain on an and-1 runner with 3:55 remaining in the fourth quarter and passed him on the ensuing free throw. James finished the game with 44 points -- the most by a Laker since Kobe Bryant scored 60 in his career finale -- and now has 31,425 points for his career. He added 10 rebounds and nine assists in Los Angeles' 126-117 win. Next up is James' childhood hero, Michael Jordan, in fourth with 32,292 points. If James maintains his season scoring average of 26.4 points per game and doesn't miss any games because of rest or injury, he should pass Jordan in late January. Other than Jordan, the names ahead of James on the list have ties to the purple and gold. The...


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