Lakers star LeBron James scored 33 points in Tuesday’s 122-118 overtime loss to the Celtics, passing Wilt Chamberlain for second in NBA history with 30 points.
James now has 516 30-point games in 1,386 career games. Chamberlain posted 515 in 1,045 games. James made 562 30-pointers in 1,072 games before his final retirement in 2003, 46 games behind Michael Jordan.
|Most 30-point games, NBA history|
|1. Michael Jordan, 562|
|2. LeBron James, 516|
|3. Wilt Chamberlain, 515|
|4. Karl Malone, 435|
|5. Kobe Bryant, 431|
James’ latest milestone comes two weeks after he passed Magic Johnson for sixth in career assists and continues to approach Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time scoring mark.
But it wasn’t enough as they battled back from 20 points down in a bitter loss to the Lakers’ historic rivals before stumbling to a 13-point lead with four minutes left in the fourth quarter. James played a big role in leading back to 22 points after halftime.