LeBron James passes Wilt Chamberlain on NBA's career scoring list

On Wednesday, LeBron James passed Wilt Chamberlain on the NBA's all-time scoring list with a 44-point performance in the Los Angeles Lakers' 126-117 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Chandler averaged 3.7 points and 5.6 rebounds in only 12.7 minutes for the Suns this season, ranking second on the team in boards despite receiving the 10th-most playing time.

"I'm taking full advantage of them and then my coaching staff and team mates throughout my 16 years so far have got me to this point".

"He was definitely more aggressive on some of the things, and it's something we've talked about as the season's gone", he said of the three-time National Basketball Association champion's second-half display.

But since, Orlando's shooters have heated up - ranking among the league's top six in both categories over their following seven games, which have included five wins.

Rondo had surgery to fix the broken third metacarpal in his right hand on November 16, an injury sustained in the final frame of that game while attempting to make a steal.

LEBRON JAMES HAD to remind himself to be patient with his Los Angeles Lakers team-mates during their slow start to the season.

"He's still going to be with the team a lot so he's going to be talking to us, so, definitely leadership will still be here".

"I mean, he's huge", James said talking about Chandler's effect on the team.

"We have to shake it off", Lakers coach Luke Walton said of losing the veteran, who has been a valuable influence on young Lakers players.

Damian Lillard had 31 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, and CJ McCollum scored 23 in the Trail Blazers' first road loss to the Lakers since February 22, 2013, ending a nine-game streak at Staples. Portland has lost two straight games to the Lakers this season after beating them in their home opener last October 18, 2018. But, it was in the third quarter when he really took over.

Should the Lakers want to continue their run of form, switching Chandler with Javale McGee on defense during the game's crucial moments could give them the boost that they need.

Instead, the impact will be determined by whether Chandler, 7-foot-3 wingspan and all, can alter enough shots at the rim to make life hard for opposing offences.