Whether or not you think LeBron James is the GOAT, it's impossible to deny that he's getting awfully close. 

On Saturday, King James passed Kobe Bryant on the NBA's all-time scoring list. James went into the night's matchup against the 76ers needing only 18 points to pass the Lakers legend.

After surpassing 33,643 points, James trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabaar (36,928) and Karl Malone (38,387) on the all-time list.

"I don't know if people want that or want to have this kind of contentious thing where you don't want records to be broken or people there to surpass you," Bryant said in an interview with USA Today earlier this week. "You should be happy for the person that comes after you to be able to surpass things that you've done. It's kind of juvenile to think or to behave any other way."

Bryant was quick to offer his congratulations after James hit the milestone.

He wasn't the only one. 

James is averaging 25.2 points, a career-high 10.8 assists and 7.7 rebounds per game this season.