LeBron James Passes Pippen for Most Assists by Forward

LeBron James Passes Pippen for Most Assists by Forward

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James holds the ball away from Denver Nuggets center Jusuf Nurkic, of Bosnia-Herzegovina, during the fourth quarter of the Cavaliers' 110-101 victory in an NBA basketball game in Denver on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James holds the ball away from Denver Nuggets center Jusuf Nurkic, of Bosnia-Herzegovina, during the fourth quarter of the Cavaliers’ 110-101 victory in an NBA basketball game in Denver on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Showing off his all-around game, LeBron James broke Scottie Pippen’s NBA record for career assists by a forward when he found Kevin Love for an open 3-pointer against the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.

Pippen had held the top mark of 6,135 since taking it from John Havlicek in 2004.

James tied that with an alley-oop pass to Timofey Mozgov early in the second quarter.

Three minutes later, he added No. 6,136 with the pass to Love, who finished with eight 3-pointers for 24 points in the Cavaliers 102-93 win. James finished with 11 assists giving him 6,142 for his career.

Larry Bird and Kevin Garnett fill out the top 5.

James also holds the single-season record for assists by a forward with 651 in 2009-10. He broke Havlicek’s record of 614.

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