James reaches 24,816 points, surpasses Ewing

Published 5:00 pm Friday, April 3, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers star LeBron James has moved into 20th place on the NBA’s career scoring list, passing Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing.

James scored on a hook shot in the lane with 7:22 left in the first quarter Thursday night against Miami, giving him 24,816 points. The 30-year-old has passed several prominent players this season, including Robert Parrish, Charles Barkley, Allen Iverson and former teammate Ray Allen.

Next on the list is Jerry West with 25,192 points.

James, who came in averaging an Eastern Conference-best 25.7 points per game, is in his 12th season as a pro. He has averaged at least 25 points in his first 11 seasons, joining West and Karl Malone as the only players to accomplish the feat.

James became the youngest to score 24,000 points on Jan. 16. He entered Thursday’s game having scored at least 10 points in 636 straight games.