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BASKETBALL: King James Passes Nowitzki for 6th in All-Time Scoring despite Lakers Loss
It took less than eight minutes remaining in the third quarter for the 33-year-old and three-time NBA champion passed the Mavericks veteran.
James – who also surpassed Shaquille O’Neal for sixth on the all-time field goals list – finished with 35 points and 11 rebounds away to the Spurs in San Antonio.
“If he stays healthy, the way he’s looking and moving, he has a chance at Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar],” Nowitzki told ESPN. “His numbers have been unbelievable. He doesn’t seem to slow down. The stuff he was doing last year in year 15 was incredible. If he keeps this up, he can pass Kareem.”
Next on LeBron James list are Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) and Michael Jordan (32,292) who are fifth and fourth respectively on the list, with Lakers icon Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) the all-time leader.
James also moved up to fourth on the all-time 30-point games list with his 432nd, still adrift of leader and Chicago Bulls Hall of Famer Jordan (562).