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LeBron James passes Moses Malone on the NBA’s all-time scoring list

James is now eighth on the all-time list.

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With a first quarter basket against the Milwaukee Bucks, LeBron James passes the late Moses Malone for eighth on the all-time scoring list.

Malone, played for the Philadelphia 76ers, scored 27.406 points in 20 seasons; James passed him during his 14th season. James also passes Rockets legend Hakeem Olajuwon and Rockets and Bullets great Elvin Hayes this season.

Per, James said Tuesday that Malone actually visited him prior to his first NBA game in 2003. Like James, Malone made the jump from high school to the pros. Malone died in 2015 at the age of 60.

"Every time I saw him I called him 'Uncle Mo' every time, because he was always just there for me," James said per To see his name right there and to see me with notion of what could happen tonight, it's just very special."

Next up on the list is former teammate Shaquille O’Neal with 28.596 points.