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LeBron James surpasses Celtics legend on all-time scoring list - now 13th

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The Cleveland Cavaliers may have seen their three-game win streak brought to an end by the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night, but the 106-103 reverse still provided a milestone in the career of LeBron James.

The four-time MVP ended the Quicken Loans Arena contest with 28 points and, in doing so, moved up to 13th on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

Entering the game against Memphis with 26,378 points to his name, James officially surpassed Boston Celtics legend John Havlicek on the list when he stuffed home a huge slam with around eight minutes to go in the third quarter.

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LeBron has now amassed a staggering 26,406 points in just 971 regular season games. To put that in perspective, Havlicek took 1,270 NBA games spanning 16 years to reach his still impressive 26,395 total.

James is undoubtedly one of the greatest players ever to play the game, and his continued rise up one of the NBA's most awe-inspiring lists only helps cement his legacy amongst his peers. He was only in 14th place for a few days after moving past San Antonio Spurs veteran Tim Duncan over the weekend.

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Having already leapfrogged one Hall of Famer as the 2015-16 regular season nears its end, the Cavaliers star actually has a pretty good chance of improving his standing further before the campaign comes to a close.

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Dominique Wilkins currently sits above LeBron in 12th place with 26,668 career points and, with Oscar Robertson (26,710) and Hakeem Olajuwon (26,946) making up the 11th and 10th spots respectively, you wouldn't bet against James seeing out the season as the 10th most prolific scorer in NBA history.

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Following his 28-point haul against the Grizzlies, James is currently averaging 24.9 points per game in 2015-16. With the Cavs still having 20 regular season games left, LeBron would only have to up his scoring by a few points per game to usurp Olajuwon before the playoffs begin.

Just how far up the leaderboard James can go before calling time on his NBA career is unclear at this stage. Now 30, he is currently just under 12,000 points behind all-time leader Kareem Abdul-Jabaar's 38,387 total.

If he is to get anywhere near that total, he will have to continue playing at an elite scoring level for at least six or seven more seasons.

There is no doubt that James deserves his place alongside the likes of Kareem, Kobe, Jordan and Chamberlain as one of the greatest scorers the game has ever seen. It will be interesting to watch the future Hall of Famer move up the list in the next few weeks, months and years to come.

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