Jordan Clarkson Pays Tribute to LeBron James for Passing Wilt Chamberlain

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LeBron James' presence has already been felt in his first few weeks in Los Angeles.

James, who had expressed frustration earlier in the season after the Lakers slow start to the campaign, said he believes the team is gradually heading in the right direction.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope echoed James' comment on Rondo's Lakers' team-mates needing to take on the burden of replacing him. All in all, the Akron native finished the night with 31,425 points, falling just one assist shy of his 75th triple-double.

It was a historic night for James as he passed Wilt Chamberlain for fifth on the all-time National Basketball Association scoring list midway through the fourth quarter with 39 points. "A 100-point scorer. One of the greatest scorer-rebounders to ever play this game".

Despite squandering a 15-point lead in the third quarter, Memphis used a 15-2 run in the fourth to post a 116-113 victory.

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While Walton did not know exactly when Rondo broke his hand, he did mention it happened on a steal attempt in the fourth quarter and surmised it came as Rondo hit his hand on the floor after stripping the ball from Jusuf Nurkic.

Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA's all-time points leader with 38,387 points, followed by Karl Malone (36,928) and Kobe Bryant (33,643) with Michael Jordan one place ahead of James at 32,292. Portland has lost two straight to the Lakers after winning 16 in a row. It was painful. I got up.

Lonzo Ball was instrumental in LeBron James' monster performance against Portland on Wednesday, and it had nothing to do with the young point guard's gifted passing.

"He's done an incredible job of kind of getting that second group playing at a really nice rhythm for us", Walton said of Rondo.

JaVale McGee scored 20 points and Brandon Ingram added 17 in the Lakers' sixth win in seven games.

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The Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers have already gotten to know each other pretty well this fall.

Elsewhere, the Dallas Mavericks gave up just nine points in the fourth quarter to claim a convincing 118-68 win over the Utah Jazz, while the Phoenix Suns ended a four-game losing streak in their 116-96 defeat of the San Antonio Spurs.

They'll meet for a third time this season on Wednesday at Staples Center, and both teams have elevated their play since they last met.

The legendary work ethic of James also apparently rubbed off on Clarkson, who undertook a revamping of his overall game and body during the offseason.

Rondo has played like the Lakers' best point guard at times this season.

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