LeBron James surpasses Wilt in NBA's all-time scoring list

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Los Angeles Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo will undergo surgery to fix the fractured third metacarpal in his right hand.

Given the comments that LeBron James gave Yahoo Sports last week, it seems that the decision to play Chandler in late-game situations has turned the tides for the Lakers' season as well as LeBron's outlook. Whenever a player goes down, one guy's not gonna replace him.

With James' and-one free throw in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's game against the Blazers, the 2003 first-overall pick put in the 31,420th point of his career, passing Chamberlain.

Nobody ever wants injuries to happen, and we hope all the best for Rondo.

There was bad news on a triumphant night, too: After the game, Walton revealed that Rajon Rondo broke his right hand, apparently while making a steal in the fourth quarter.

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.

He added, "And knowing where I come from, knowing how hard it was to get to this point - it's just never being in satisfied mode".

James, who left the Cavaliers and signed a four-year, $153.3 million deal with the Lakers this summer, has averaged 26.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 7.1 assists in his first 13 games with Los Angeles.

It was later confirmed by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN that Rondo will be sidelined 3-to-5 weeks due to the hand injury.

"It's tough", James said. After a slow start, Los Angeles (8-6) are already finding their groove in their first season with James and his fellow veterans joining a young core.

Sitting second in the West with a 10-3 record, the Blazers have gotten off to a strong start thanks to Damian Lillard, balanced scoring up-and-down the roster, and strong play at home. He hasn't played since October 25.

It was in the third quarter when James really took over. The Lakers are operating under the assumption that Rondo could be out three to five weeks, depending on the decision to undergo surgery and the recovery time, the source said.

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