LeBron James Passes Dominique Wilkins for 12th on the All-Time Scoring List
On Thursday night, LeBron James suited up ready to take on the Brooklyn Nets. He was aware of how close he was to passing Dominique Wilkins for 12th on the NBA’s All-Time Scoring List. James would only need to score six points in order to pass “The Human Highlight Film.”
During the shoot-around before the game, LeBron James was asked his comments on nearing this milestone. James replied:
“I’ve been very durable throughout my career, and I’ve played with some great teammates and two great organizations through all my career that allowed me to put the ball in the basket.”
With 3:53 left in the opening quarter, LeBron James sunk a layup as he was fouled. The layup was his 5th point of the game. Everyone in the stadium knew that this free throw could be James’ ticket to the 12th spot on the All-Time Scoring List. LeBron James, like he does so often, failed to disappoint.
Cleveland Cavaliers 107 – 87 Brooklyn Nets
The rest of the night was fairly easy for LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers. Passing Dominique Wilkins wasn’t the only thing to celebrate tonight, as the Cavaliers went on to beat the Brooklyn Nets 107-87. James finished with 24 points and was unstoppable from the floor, shooting 8-11 from the field and 8-10 from the free-throw line. He also chipped in with 11 assists and 4 rebounds. Kevin Love backed the team up with 19 points, while Channing Frye came off the bench to provide 13 points.
Dominique Wilkins scored 26,668 points in his career, good for 13th on the All-Time Scoring List.LeBron James has been a player that consistently gives his team the boost they need to win. The win against the Nets embarked James’ 712th straight game of scoring 10 or more points. With his newest upgrade on the NBA’s All-Time Scoring List, James can now boast that he has passed 8 of the league’s greatest scorers this season on the list. Moving from the 18th spot to the 12th, James has passed: Jerry West, Reggie Miller, Alex English, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Tim Duncan, John Havlicek and Dominique Wilkins.
Now with 26,689 points in his career, LeBron James only needs 21 points to pass the next player on the All-Time Scoring List, Oscar Robertson. The Cleveland Cavaliers travel to Atlanta to play the Hawks on Friday, where James will have a good shot at passing Robertson.