LeBron James
Nov 14, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) walks off the court with the game ball after the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center. The Lakers defeated the Trail Blazers 126-117. James scored 44 points to surpass Wilt Chamberlain to move into fifth on the all-time career NBA scoring list. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Today is the day LeBron James finally became a Laker.

It’s been a slow start to the LeBron era in Los Angeles. The King’s numbers had been good but he had not had a signature moment in the purple and gold yet.

That changed on Wednesday night as James led the Lakers past the Portland Trail Blazers, dominating for most of the game and making history along the way.

LeBron finished the game scoring 44 points on 13-19 shooting (5-6 from the 3-point line) and almost completed a triple-double with ten rebounds and nine assists. He also exhibited his best defensive effort of the season, recording three blocks and one steal.

Along the way, James made history, hitting a free throw late in the fourth quarter to surpass Wilt Chamberlain for fifth on the NBA’s All-Time scoring list, a remarkable achievement for one of the greatest athletes to ever play the game.

The Lakers received contributions from JaVale McGee, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram as well as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope off the bench to finish out the game and get their fourth straight win and the second straight against the Blazers.

But it was LeBron who was the story on Wednesday for the latest accomplishment in his storied career.

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