The Lakers forward scored 44 points on 13-of-19 shooting while adding 10 rebounds and nine assists in a 126-117 win over the Trail Blazers on Wednesday, but it was what he did with his 39th point that mattered.
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.
It is a rematch of the Western Conference finals from last season and both teams come in with odd situations.
The Lakers (7-6) have won three in a row to get them over.500 for the first time this season.
At James' current points per game this season, the four-time MVP would pass Jordan in 33 games on January 19 against the Rockets.
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Their third date with the Blazers will mark the end of a much-needed successful homestand before they embark on a three-game trip out East. "I think a lot of times, winning close games over the course of your season, makes the difference of how you look back on your season". "And then my coaching staff and my teammates throughout these 16 years so far that's gotten me to this point".
The Magic went on a 21-0 run in the fourth quarter to wipe out a 16-point deficit, before Terrence Ross had a tie-breaking three-pointer in the final seconds to lift the side to a 111-106 win.
The Lakers leader has now revealed that he nearly cracked "last week" but got himself together and reminded him that it is a process that will take longer than just a few games.
Rondo has been nearly like an extra assistant coach, constantly in the ears of the Lakers' young developing players and even organizing film sessions for the likes of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma.
James is averaging 27.6 points and could surpass Jordan, who has an 867-point advantage in the all-time scoring list, for 4th place midway through the season. "This process has been good for me". Michael Beasley didn't play, but the veteran was back in uniform after missing several recent games for undisclosed personal reasons.
"Just continue to work on it", James said at Wednesday's shootaround, via Lakers Nation.