LeBron James Becomes Youngest To 25,000 Points, Eclipses Kobe Bryant
LeBron James on Monday became the youngest player in NBA history to register 25,000 points, eclipsing the previously-set record by Kobe Bryant.Advertisement
James, playing in his 13th NBA season, got to the milestone at 30 years and 307 days with a monstrous alley-oop dunk (watch vine below) with 8:06 remaining in the fourth quarter of Cleveland Cavaliers’ 107-100 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
James finished the game with 22 points, 11 assists, 9 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 blocks as Cavaliers registered their third consecutive win and improved their season record to 3-1.
James surpassed Bryant, who reached the plateau at 31 years, 151 days old. James, 30, became the sixth active player with 25,000 points and the 20th overall, joining the likes of Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.
“The man above definitely put a stamp on it,” James said after the game. “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.”
James thanked the Philadelphia crowd for giving him a standing ovation. “It’s pretty cool. 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.”
“I had no idea first of all, that I’m that close,” James had said prior to the game. “It just means that I’ve played with a lot of great teammates and a lot of great coaches that put me in position to be successful on the floor. It’s definitely a milestone anytime you’re able to have accomplishments like that. I’ve been around some great groups and I’m able to reap a lot of benefits.”
James became just the seventh to reach the milestone before the end of his 13th season, along with Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Oscar Robertson and Dominique Wilkins. Kobe got the record in his 14th season. “Nineteen guys?” James expressed shock. “There’s been over 1900 guys that have been in this league, so I guess it’s a cool thing.”
“For me, winning basketball games and then reaching milestones individually will be a pretty cool thing, but obviously, it will be a team aspect of it that comes first,” James told ESPN.com. “But any time along that line that you’re able to reach a milestone, I think it’s very humbling and it’s a cool thing.
“I know where I come from, and I know where my family comes from, and for me to have milestones along the way – obviously I have more work to do – but it’s cool to see when you’re able to kind of just stop and look at it. Because I don’t get much time to really stop and look at some of the things that I’ve done.”