LeBron becomes NBA's third highest scorer

LeBron James now trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone as the NBA's highest scorer

LeBron James has passed Kobe Bryant for third place on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

With his Los Angeles Lakers trailing hosts Philadelphia 74-52 with seven-and-a-half minutes left in the third period, James worked off a screen, took a pass from Anthony Davis at the 3-point line and drove across the lane for a layup and the historic points.

The basket put him at 33,644 career points, one more than former Lakers great Bryant's 33,643.

Longtime Utah Jazz star forward (and brief member of the Lakers) Karl Malone is next, with 36,928 points.

Centre Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the league's all-time scoring leader with 38,387 points.

James, 35, is in his 17th NBA season and second with the Lakers. He spent 11 seasons across two different stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers, with a four-season run in Miami in between.

He is averaging 25.2 points in 43 games this season, leading the Lakers to the Western Conference's best record at 36-9 entering Saturday.

He was also named to his 16th straight All-Star Game earlier this week.

Top 10 scorers in NBA history

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - 38,387

2. Karl Malone - 36,928

3. LeBron James - 33,655

4. Kobe Bryant - 33,643

5. Michael Jordan - 32,292

6. Dirk Nowitzki - 31,560

7. Wilt Chamberlain - 31,419

8. Shaquille O'Neal - 28,596

9. Moses Malone - 27,409

10. Elvin Hayes - 27,313