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LeBron James becomes youngest player to reach 25,000 career points

LeBron James becomes youngest player to reach 25,000 career points






PHILADELPHIA -- He might be in his 13th season and playing through the bad back that caused him to miss most of training camp, but LeBron James is still setting basketball records that celebrate his youth.
James became the youngest player in NBA history to score 25,000 points with an alley-oop dunk that he guided in the hoop with 8:07 remaining in the fourth quarter of a 107-100 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday. The bucket gave James 22 points in the game and 25,001 points for his career. It was the second of two alley-oops James converted on consecutive possessions, which made him look every bit the sky-walking teenager he was when he entered the league.
"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."
During the ensuing timeout, James was acknowledged for the accomplishment by the Sixers' public address announcer, and he received a standing ovation from the road crowd.
"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."
James, who is 30 years, 307 days old, outdid another prep-to-pro sensation,Kobe Bryant, in reaching 25,000 points. Bryant hit the plateau at 31 years, 151 days old.
James became the the 20th player to reach 25,000 points and the sixth active player, joining Bryant, Dirk NowitzkiTim DuncanKevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.
"Nineteen guys?" James said of his elite company. "There's been over 1900 guys that have been in this league, so I guess it's a cool thing.
"It just means that I've played with a lot of great teammates, a lot of great coaches that have allowed me to be in position to be successful on the floor," James said at shootaround Monday, when informed he was nearing the point total. "It's definitely a milestone any time you're able to have an accomplishment like that. I've been around some great groups, and I'm able to reap a lot of the benefits."
James said he remembered reaching the 20,000-point notch while playing in Golden State in January 2013. He said he saved the game ball from the occasion.
"I'll probably keep this one too if we win," James told ESPN.com. "If we lose, it's going to put a damper on my trophy case."
That won't be a problem, as the Cavs came back from a 15-point first-half deficit en route to the win. James finished with 22 points, 11 assists, nine rebounds, four steals and two blocks, and Cleveland's director of team operations, Mark "Cobra" Cashman, tucked the game ball away in one of the Cavs' equipment bags for the flight home.
Five years ago, James spoiled the 25,000-point night for the Los Angeles Lakerssuperstar. He scored 37 points to Bryant's 31 in a 93-87 win for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Jan. 21, 2010. "That's crazy," James said when informed of the Bryant connection. "That was five years ago? Wow."
Both Cavs coach David Blatt and Sixers coach Brett Brown tried to put James' career in perspective on his special night.

"The NBA is full of records, but that's an extremely impressive, record-breaking moment for LeBron," Blatt said. "To be the youngest player in the history of the game to score 25,000 points, particularly when you're every bit the passer that you are the scorer, is just a testament to his greatness."
Added Brown: "He got that hype. I remember so vividly that hype coming up. Lots of people get a great amount of publicity, but he got a lot. You always wondered: Could he back it up? Was he really this good? And he has been and then some."
James is just the seventh to reach the 25,000-point milestone before the end of his 13th season, along with Wilt ChamberlainMichael JordanKareem Abdul-JabbarKarl Malone, Oscar Robertson and Dominique Wilkins. James needed 915 games to reach the accomplishment, which trails only Chamberlain (691), Jordan (782) and Abdul-Jabbar (889), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Meanwhile, James continues to catapult up the all-time scoring list. The next name ahead of him is Jerry West, with 25,192 points.
"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 said. "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."





LeBron James becomes youngest player to 25,000 career points

Eric Freeman 
LeBron James has accomplished a great deal in his 13-year NBA career — enough so that individual achievement and milestones sometimes do not register as especially impressive or notable. Sometimes, though, LeBron reaches a level that serves as a reminder that we have had the privilege of watching a singular basketball phenomenon for more than a decade.
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One of those moments occurred with roughly 8:10 remaining in Monday night's game between theCleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. James finished an alley-oop from Matthew Dellavedova to become the youngest player to reach 25,000 points for his career. Take a look:

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). As noted by Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal, he had previously broken Kobe's records as the youngest to 10,000, 15,000, and 20,000 points.
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LeBron predictably took the diplomatic route to explaining how he was able to reach this milestone so quickly (via Lloyd):
“It just means that I play with a lot of great teammates and coaches that have allowed me to be in a position to be successful on the floor,” James said. “I have been around some great groups and can reap a lot of benefits.”
Yet James was the one who put his teammates in a position to succeed on Monday, dishing out 11 assists to go along with his team-high 22 points (9-of-19 FG) and eight rebounds in Cleveland's 107-100 win. The Cavs are now 3-1 and next face the New York Knicks in a nationally televised game Wednesday night.
Meanwhile, James will continue to reach new milestones as if they were perfectly common occurrences. The same can be said of his highlights, too. This alley-oop from Dellavedova came just before the record-setting play with added style points:
The amazing thing about LeBron is that he's done similar things so many times that the difficulty of this finish almost doesn't even register. Let's do our best not to forget just how good he is.


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James reaches 25,000 career points in Cavs' win over 76ers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) LeBron James needed one simple slam to hit another major milestone.
James became the youngest player to reach 25,000 career points, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers past the winless Philadelphia 76ers 107-100 on Monday night.
''It just means I've played with a lot of great teammates, a lot of great coaches,'' James said. ''I've been around some great groups and I've been able to reap the benefits. It's a cool thing. I've got more work to do but it's pretty cool to see where you're able to kind of stop and look at it.''
James had 22 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds and rallied the Cavs in the second half against a scrappy Philly team that had built a 15-point lead. James, a two-time NBA champion with the Miami Heat, and the rest of the Eastern Conference champions had enough to push back the undermanned Sixers.
James scored the milestone basket on an alley-oop dunk with 8:07 left in the fourth quarter. He became the sixth active player with 25,000 points and the 20th overall, joining Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki, San Antonio's Tim Duncan, Minnesota's Kevin Garnett, Los Angeles' Kobe Bryant and Paul Pierce of the Clippers.
James reached 25,000 career points - the dunk gave him 25,001 - at 30 years, 307 days. Bryant held the mark at 31 years, 351 days.
James' biggest feat may have been giving 18,094 76ers fans a reason to cheer, and he was rewarded with a standing ovation.
''They are Sixer fans to death. But they know and they respect the game of basketball,'' James said. ''To get a standing ovation for reaching that milestone, it was very special.''
James turned heads over the weekend when he dressed as musician Prince at a Halloween bash.
Turns out, Prince James still reigns best as a basketball King.
James scored six points in the third quarter to help the Cavaliers start their rally against the 0-3 Sixers. He made 9 of 19 shots and had four steals.
But it was the latest major achievement that stuck with James, who went from Ohio prep star to the No. 1 overall selection by Cleveland in the 2003 draft.
''I've been able to stay healthy,'' he said. ''I've been able to play for two great organizations.''
Jahlil Okafor, the No. 3 overall pick of this year's draft, fought through foul trouble and led the Sixers with 24 points. Nik Stauskas scored 15 and Nerlens Noel 14.
Okafor and Noel are the building blocks of a franchise years away from contention. Okafor and Noel, the No. 6 overall pick of the 2013 draft, gave the Sixers a peek in the first half at just good they might be one day. Noel and Okafor powered Philadelphia to a 32-18 lead after one and a 54-49 edge at the break.
Good enough for a half, just not a full game, and one more reason for coach Brett Brown to wonder when he'll see more return on their rebuilding.
''It is more difficult for me to remain positive in year three,'' he said.
James and Kevin Love, who scored 15, got the Cavs rolling. Cleveland made 13 of 20 shots in the third to help put the game away.
Mo Williams scored 21 points for the Cavaliers.
TIP-INS
Cavaliers: G J.R. Smith left in the first half with a right knee contusion. He averaged 6.3 points through the first three games. ... Injured G Kyrie Irving (left kneecap) traveled with the team. He had a heavy workout on Sunday and had no planned workout on Monday, so he made the trip.
Sixers: F Robert Covington briefly left to get his left ankle taped. ... Reserve G T.J. McConnell had 12 assists. ''When we're moving and passing and screening and taking shots, I think we're pretty hard to guard,'' McConnell said.
IMPRESSED
James likes the early returns on the developing Sixers.
''I think they have some young talent,'' James said. ''I think what hurt them a little is the injury of the big fella from Kansas (Joel Embiid, recovering from foot surgery). I know everyone is kind of waiting around to see how well he can play games.''
Until then, the Sixers will continue taking their lumps.
''Everyone wants instant oatmeal,'' James said. ''But it's always a process. You got to put the time in. You got to build things from the ground up. This year, it's about making a transition.
''It will happen. Hopefully, it will happen when I'm done.''
OKAFOR SHINES:
Okafor became the fourth Sixers rookie to score at least 20 points in two of his first three games. He made 11 of 21 shots and stayed in the game after picking up his fourth foul early in the second half. He helped the Sixers close the first quarter on a 21-3 run.
UP NEXT
Cavaliers: Host the New York Knicks on Wednesday.
Sixers: Visit Milwaukee on Wednesday.

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