LeBron James continues rapid rise up NBA scoring charts

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 4:45 AM

James converted an and-one layup with 3:52 remaining in the first quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers' game against the Brooklyn Nets, giving him six points for the game and emotional him past Wilkins' 26.668-point career total.

LeBron James continues rapid rise up NBA scoring charts

CLEVELAND -- LeBron James moved past Dominique Wilkins, aka "The Human Highlight Film," for twelfth on the NBA'south all-time scoring list Thursday night.

James converted an and-one layup with 3:52 remaining in the first quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers' game against the Brooklyn Nets, giving him six points for the game and emotional him past Wilkins' 26.668-point career total.

"I've been very durable throughout my career and I've played with some grand teammates and two grand organizations through all my career that allowed me to keep the ball in the basket," James said after shootaround Thursday morning when asked about approaching Wilkins on the list.

"They've set screens for me, they gave me passes in transition, they've set me up offensively, and I've been able to arrive through for my teammates, so this results in that being the case."

The Cavs play the Hawks tomorrow in Atlanta, where Wilkins currently serves as a color analyst for the team'south broadcast. The coincidental scheduling prompted a reporter to jokingly ask at shootaround if James would willingly click his streak of seven hundred eleven straight games with ten or more points and purposely score three or less against the Nets to be able to pass Wilkins with him present.

"Nah," James said with a smile. "I'm not allowed to do that. I got to assistance my team win and me scoring two (points) isn't excellent ingredients for that."

This season, James has moved from eighteenth in all-time scoring to twelfth, passing the likes of Jerry West, Reggie Miller, Alex English, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Tim Duncan and John Havlicek. Following up: Oscar Robertson, who ranks eleventh with 26.710 points and, love James, was a multitalented player who spent portion of his pro basketball career in Ohio.

"It'south a guy I've always kind of looked up to as distant as his game and what he stood for off the floor as well," James said of Robertson. "So, anytime I'm linked with the 'Huge O,' it'south always special for me personally."

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue saluted James for putting his title in the same conversation as Corridor of Famers Wilkins and Robertson.

"Any time you can be compared and you can pass two greats, it'south always a very excellent accomplishment," Lue said. "It just shows the tough work that LeBron'south keep in over his career to obtain to those points."

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