Following Thursday evening's triple-double effort in a 128-113 victory over the Brooklyn Nets, LeBron James is now just 18 points away from passing Kobe Bryant on the all-time scoring list.
For a player averaging 25.1 points per game this season, it is likely James will reach that mark on Saturday against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Back when Bryant became the third-leading scorer in NBA history, James was quick to sing his praises.
The same could be said for if James doesn't pass Bryant next game, as his next opportunity would come at Staples Center against the Clippers.
The biggest difference between James and Bryant though is that it will have taken James nearly 100 fewer games to reach Bryant's total of 33,643 points—and it certainly helps that James has shot 50.4 percent from the field for his career compared to Bryant's 44.7 percent.