The Cleveland Cavaliers remained the NBA’s last undefeated team when they knocked off the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night, 102-101. During the game, LeBron James moved into 10th place on the all-time scoring list, passing Houston Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon.
James finished the game with his sixth consecutive dominant performance to open the season, posting 25 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds. Playing in his 992nd NBA game, James has now totaled 26,970 points in his career, good for 10th all-time. Should he stay healthy for the remainder of the 2016-17 regular season, he’ll pass Moses Malone and Elvin Hayes for eighth and ninth, respectively, on the all-time scoring list as well. The only active player ahead of him is Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, who ranks sixth on the list.
Averaging over 27 points per game for his career, James has scored at least 20 points in five of the Cavaliers’ first six games to open their first season as reigning champions in his tenure. Despite his dominance, James has led the league in scoring on only one occasion (2007-08 when he averaged 30.0 points per game). Since his rookie season, he has averaged at least 25 points per game in every season, giving him 12 consecutive seasons of having done so.
The Cavaliers have not lost a basketball game that has counted since Game 4 of the NBA Finals. After rattling off three consecutive wins over the Golden State Warriors to earn the NBA championship, they’ve opened the following regular season with six straight victories, the last five of which have come by eight points or less. Their next game will be at home on Tuesday when they welcome in the Atlanta Hawks.