Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has recorded another milestone in his 13-year NBA career, defying his serious back pain to becomethe youngest player in NBA history to score 25,000 points.
30-year old James outdid another prep-to-pro sensation, Kobe Bryant, in reaching 25,000 points. Bryant hit the plateau at 31 years, 151 days old.
“The man above definitely put a stamp on it,” James said afterward. “What better way to close in on it than by me kind of high-flying a little bit. The man above definitely reached down and touched me a little bit.”
“It’s pretty cool,” James said. “I haven’t really had an opportunity to categorize the list of things that I’ve done, but to be able to do it in a winning fashion, No. 1, and with this group of guys and do it in a building that loves the game of basketball — and obviously, they are Sixers fans ’til death, but they know and they respect the game of basketball — and to get a standing ovation for reaching the milestone, it was very special.”
At 30 years and 307 days, LeBron tops Kobe Bryant’s previous record of 31 years and 105 days (set in 2010 against James and the Cavs, incidentally).
With 11 assists to go along with his team-high 22 points and eight rebounds in Cleveland’s 107-100 win, the Cavs are now 3-1 and next face the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.
James became the the 20th player to reach 25,000 points and the sixth active player, joining Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.