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LeBron James passes Dominique Wilkins for 12th on all-time NBA scoring list

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LeBron James continued his march up the NBA's all-time scoring list as he moved passed Dominique Wilkins into 12th on Thursday night.

James accomplished this latest milestone during the Cleveland Cavaliers' 107-87 win against the Brooklyn Nets at the Quicken Loans Arena, where he ended with 24 points.

The 31-year-old surpassed Wilkins' 26,668 points late in the first quarter on an and-one layup. The man nicknamed "The Human Highlight Film" became the latest name on the list of greats that LeBron has left trailing this season which includes Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, John Havlicek and Jerry West.

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''It's great to be in that position,'' James said after the game. ''It's an honour.''

The 12-time All-Star now sits on 26,689 and is 21 points shy of reaching Oscar Robertson in 11th, a feat he could achieve in tonight's game against the Atlanta Hawks in the second game of a back to back for the Cavs.

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

Prior to the encounter with the Nets on Thursday, James spoke to reporters at the team's shootaround and, when asked about approaching Wilkins on the scoring charts, he was quick to acknowledge the role his teammates have played in his achievements.

"I've been very durable throughout my career, and I've played with some great teammates and two great organisations through all my career that allowed me to put the ball in the basket," James said.

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

Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue praised LeBron for the work he has put in over his career to have his name mentioned alongside Hall of Famers such as Wilkins and Robertson.

"Any time you can be compared and you can pass two greats, it's always a very good accomplishment," Lue said, via ESPN. "It just shows the hard work that LeBron's put in over his career to get to those points."

Despite the plaudits, James is not too concerned with personal honours and is desperate for the team to end the season as the number one seed in the Eastern Conference and enjoy home court advantage.

With their 53rd win of the campaign, Cleveland moved two and a half games ahead of the Toronto Raptors.

''I would love to have the No. 1 seed,'' James said, via Yahoo Sports. ''I understand some of the players might need some rest over the last couple games, but we worked so hard all season to be No. 1. I'm never a guy (who wants) to finish second.''

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LeBron James

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