LeBron James is clear of another NBA legend on his ascent up the NBA's all-time scoring list.
The Cavaliers forward passed Shaquille O'Neal with his 28,599th career point during Thursday's 99-93 loss to the Bulls, good for seventh-most in history.
James, who entered the night needing 23 points to tie O’Neal (25,596), secured the milestone midway through the fourth quarter by sinking a free throw. He finished with 26 points in the loss, Cleveland's third straight and fifth in seven games as its grip on the Eastern Conference loosens considerably.
At 32, James is far from finished leapfrogging the NBA's leading scorers.
Dirk Nowitzki, who surpassed 30,000 points earlier this season, is next on the list with 30,181 and counting. Wilt Chamberlain is fifth all time with 31,419 points.
So far this season, James has already passed: Moses Malone, Elvin Hayes, Hakeem Olajuwon, Oscar Robertson and O'Neal.