LeBron James became the youngest player in NBA history to score 20,000 points on Wednesday night as the Miami Heat played in Oakland against the Golden State Warriors. James recorded 25 points, 7 rebounds, and 10 assists as the Heat won 92 to 75.
On a drive to the hoop late in the second half, LeBron pulled up and hit a floater over a few defenders, dropping in his 20,001 point in his career. After Wednesday night’s performance, LeBron is now 38th on the all time scoring list. James can become the NBA’s all time scorer in 10 years if he puts up 20 or more points a game 75 games a season. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the current record holder, having scored 38,387 points in his 20 year career.
To go along with 20,000 points, LeBron James also recorded his 5,000th career assist, a first quarter dish leading to a Dwayne Wade dunk. Although few have recorded both milestones, James finds one more meaningful than the other.
LeBron James has never thought of himself as a scorer, nor have fans around the world. Whether it be passing up an open jump shot, or not taking the final shot of a game, James has been scrutinized for passing rather than shooting. However, James does not believe his scoring is the main part of his game. “Getting the 5,000 assists seems like more of an accomplishment to me than the scoring,” James said to ESPN. James’ ability to score and pass at ease has made him one of, if not the best, players in the NBA.
Along with two new milestones, James talked about his health. Since entering the league, James has only missed 33 games, 25 being due to injury. For the amount of time James spends on the court, one might think that a set-back is inevitable. LeBron’s only serious setback was a hand injury in Cleveland. With this being his tenth year, James could potentially begin to fatigue. However, fatigue does not seem to have been an issue for LeBron, evidence being his record-breaking stats this season.
All-Star weekend is quickly approaching, and the Miami Heat are still atop the Eastern Conference with a 25-12 record. Miami visits a struggling Los Angeles Lakers’ team Thursday night.