LeBron James passes Dirk Nowitzki for sixth place on NBA all-time scoring list

LeBron James' ascent up the NBA's scoring list continued Saturday night, with the Los Angeles Lakers star passing Dirk Nowitzki for sixth place among the all-time leaders.

James entered Saturday's game against the San Antonio Spurs with 31,167 career points, 20 behind Nowitzki. He passed the longtime Dallas Mavericks star with his 21st point on a jumper from the right wing with 7:51 left in the third quarter. He finished the game at 31,202 points.

In passing Nowitzki, James became the league's active leader in points. Nowitzki has yet to see the floor while he recovers from a left ankle injury, but he intends to come back and play a 21st season.

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