Lakers beat Blazers as LeBron passes Wilt on all-time scoring list

LeBron James

Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo broke his hand in the team's 126-117 win over the Trail Blazers on Wednesday night, coach Luke Walton said after the game. He is averaging 9.3 points, 6.8 assists and 4.8 rebounds on the season. These weren't the most creative plays nor shots born out of elegant players, but for a young player who has struggled to carve out his own corner of the Lakers' offense, it was a generally effective night with greater impact - 17 points and four assists, without a turnover.

James hit his first five 3-pointers and finished 13 of 19 from the field, reaching his latest milestone during a dominant performance that had chants of "M-V-P!" raining down from the Staples Center crowd. Portland has lost two straight to the Lakers after winning 16 in a row.

However, the Los Angeles franchise have been told not to worry about any outside noise.

James hit his fifth triple without a miss in the third quarter before Al-Farouq Aminu ended his ideal night from distance with a block.

Blake Griffin led the way with 30 points and 12 rebounds.

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Lillard is dealing with knee soreness but had been considered probable to play in a favorable matchup with the Lakers. Jusuf Nurkic had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Aminu scored 18 points. James and the Lakers are back in action tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers. He hasn't played since October 25 (Oct. 26, PHL time).

"If I would have come down and my leg would have went to the side immediately, I think it would have been a lot worse, but I kind of caught it", he said.

At James' current points per game this season, the four-time MVP would pass Jordan in 33 games on January 19 against the Rockets.

In other one-sided games, Dallas routed Utah 118-68, the Wizards beat James' former team Cleveland 119-95, Oklahoma City swamped the Knicks 128-103, Miami were too strong for the Nets 120-107, Boston hammered Chicago 111-82 and Phoenix upset San Antonio 116-96.

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