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Dwyane Wade scores 17 to pull into tie for 42nd in career scoring

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The Heat capture their fourth straight victory, cruising past the Hawks 105-87. (1:00)

MIAMI -- Dwyane Wade doesn't keep track of his milestones.

He does, however, enjoy hearing about them.

Wade kept climbing up the NBA's career scoring list Sunday, when the Miami Heat star had 17 points to tie Bernard King for 42nd in league history. Both players have 19,655 points, though Wade reached the milestone in 48 fewer games than King.

"I don't celebrate it, but it all matters in the long run," the 34-year-old Wade said after Miami topped Atlanta 105-87. "It's all great, it's all cool. For me, when I got to top 50 all time in scoring ... there's been a lot of players that played this game."

Wade started the season 54th in scoring. He is on pace to be in the top 40 by the end of the season, and he recently picked up his 12th selection to the NBA All-Star Game. Only 12 players in league history have been chosen more times.

Given his life story, it's easy to see why accolades matter to Wade.

He wasn't a high-profile high school player in the Chicago area. He was found by Marquette after playing one year of AAU basketball on a team that featured Darius Miles. Wade was never, as he put it, "a big-name" prospect. But no Illinois-born player has scored more NBA points than Wade, who passed Terry Cummings for that distinction a couple weeks ago.

"A Chicago guy doing good things, I guess," Wade said. "That's how I look at it. I just feel like the city is proud anytime my name is mentioned with Chicago behind it. It just helps shine some good light on our city."