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LeBron James has monster game, passes Wilt Chamberlain on all-time scoring list

LeBron James has monster game, passes Wilt Chamberlain on all-time scoring list

LEBRON JAMES HAD to remind himself to be patient with his Los Angeles Lakers team-mates during their slow start to the season.

Damian Lillard had 31 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, and CJ McCollum scored 23 points in the Trail Blazers' first road loss to the Lakers since February 22, 2013, ending a nine-game streak at Staples. Orlando went on a 21-0 run in the fourth quarter which, according to ESPN, is the second largest unanswered run by a team this season.

Butler finished with 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting in the loss and just six points after the first quarter.

James fell just short of the 75th triple-double of his career during his most impressive performance since joining the Lakers in the offseason, finishing with what CBSSports.com's Jack Maloney called "a monster stat line of 44 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and three blocks".

He had 26 points and his season high of 12 rebounds in a 128-119 loss at Portland in the season opener on October 18.

Karl-Anthony Towns recorded 25 points and 16 rebounds while Andrew Wiggins scored 23 points.

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JaVale McGee scored 20 points and Brandon Ingram added 17 in the Lakers' sixth win in seven games.

The Detroit Pistons overcame a 19-point deficit to claim a 106-104 victory over coach Dwane Casey's former team the Toronto Raptors. The Blazers got the best of L.A.in the season opener, also in Portland, and this tilt will mark their first matchup in L.A, and will also kickstart a six-game road trip for Portland, who are 3-1 outside of the Pacific Northwest.

Elsewhere, the Dallas Mavericks gave up just nine points in the fourth quarter to claim a convincing 118-68 win over the Utah Jazz, while the Phoenix Suns ended a four-game losing streak in their 116-96 defeat of the San Antonio Spurs.

And the Miami Heat snapped a three-game skid as they beat the Brooklyn Nets 120-107.

They'll meet for a third time this season on Wednesday at Staples Center, and both teams have elevated their play since they last met. Stephen Curry is out for Golden State (12-3) while Draymond Green will presumably be back from suspension after he got into it with Kevin Durant in a loss to the Clippers on Monday.