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By The Numbers: LeBron James Eclipses Wilt Chamberlain

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With 31,425 points under his belt, LeBron James has passed Wilt Chamberlain for the fifth spot on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

The Los Angeles Lakers superstar pulled off the incredible yet somewhat expected feat in a win over the Portland Trail Blazers, 126-117, their fourth straight. LeBron dropped 44 points the most by a Laker since Kobe's farewell 60 on 13-of-19 shooting from the field, and 5-of-6 from beyond the arc. He also had 10 rebounds and three blocks, while falling just an assist shy of a triple-double.

Notwithstanding his achievement, the King paid tribute to Chamberlain. He described the Big Dipper to ESPN, "One of the most dominant forces we ever had in our game along with Shaq. One of the greatest Lakers ever to play the game. One-hundred-point scorer. One of the greatest scorers, rebounders to ever played this game."

FHM looks the numbers behind LeBron's latest historic accomplishment:

27.6 - LeBron's ppg

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Prior to his explosion, LeBron was averaging 26.4 points in his first 13 games. But all he really needs to do is score is at least 25 in each of the next 40 outings to catch up to the next man on the list: Michael Jordan, with 32,292. Bron will surely make his case for greatest of all-time stronger verus MJ with another milestone.

(And) 1 - 31,420th point

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The manner in which LeBron passed Wilt was rather symbolic, considering the nitpicking of his recent shooting woes from free-throw line, especially in the clutch. He flipped the script that night and went 13-of-15 from the charity stripe. Interestingly, the Stilt was an even worse career foul shooter at 51.1 percent.

8-6 - Lakers' record

After sputtering to start the season (2-5) and being in danger of missing the playoffs, LA is currently riding a winning streak as the seventh seed in the ever-cutthroat Western Conference. Granted that they have yet to finish a quarter of the basketball calendar, but a competitive group will only re-energize LeBron.

6,962 - Kareem's lead

LeBron will still have Jordan, Kobe Bryant (33,643), and Karl Malone (36,928) to surpass before sniffing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's all-time scoring mark of 38,387. With the 16-year-old veteran's ridiculous pace and physical gifts, it's not far-fetched to think that he could dethrone Abdul-Jabbar as the greatest scorer to ever play the game.

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This story originally appeared on Fhm.com.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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