LeBron James passes Wilt Chamberlain for 2nd-most 30-point games in NBA history

LeBron James’ 33 points weren’t enough to stave off a wild overtime loss to rival Boston.

Lakers star LeBron James scored 33 points in Tuesday’s 122-118 overtime loss to the Celtics, surpassing Wilt Chamberlain for the second-most 30-point games in NBA history.

James now has 516 30-point games in 1,386 career appearances. Chamberlain scored 515 in 1,045 games. James is 46 games behind Michael Jordan, who set the record with 562 30-point games in 1,072 games before his final retirement in 2003.

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 overtook Magic Johnson for sixth in career assists and is closing in on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record.

But it wasn’t enough to stave off a bitter loss to the Lakers’ historic rivals, in which they fought back from 20 points only to squander a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter with four minutes remaining before going into overtime stumbled. James played a crucial role in leading the Lakers to a 22-point lead after halftime.