With 28 points in Monday night's 106-103 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James passed Boston Celtics legend John Havlicek for 13th-place on the NBA's all-time scoring list, per the NBA on ESPN:
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LeBron James dropped 28 Pts tonight, passing John Havlicek for 13th on the all-time NBA scoring list. https://t.co/qN9UYf1jlZ2016-3-8 02:59:56
Here was the big dunk that moved him past Havlicek:
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James, who has recorded 26,406 points in his career, has scored at least 1,600 points in each of his first 12 NBA seasons and is on pace to do so again in 2015-16 with 1,493 in 60 games.
The Boston Celtics legend played 16 years in the NBA, averaging 20.8 points per game during that span. Entering Monday night, James was averaging 26.9 points per game over his 12-plus seasons.
He was in 14th place for just one game after he passed San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan for the spot Sunday. Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (33,335) is the only active player who has more career points than James.
At 31 years old, James has more scoring to do to become the NBA's all-time leader. He's only 11,983 points away from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 38,387 mark, but at his current pace, James would have to play at least six more years to break the all-time record.
James isn't far from a few other all-time greats on the list, though. He's 262 points away from tying Dominique Wilkins and 304 points away from Oscar Robertson for 11th place.
If he continues to play at his usual captivating, All-Star level, James could pass those two by the time the regular season ends. Depending on how his career continues in Cleveland and whether his body can hold up under the constant toil, James should continue working his way toward the top of the all-time scoring list over the next few years.
Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.