LeBron James once again etched his name on the National Basketball Association’s history books.
The Cleveland superstar reached another personal milestone by being the youngest player to score 25,000 career points after stuffing an alley-oop dunk in the fourth quarter of the Cavaliers’ game versus the Philadelphia 76ers.
Dubbed as the “King,” James became just the sixth active NBA player with 25,000 points and the 20th overall. He joins the ranks of Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio’s Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett of Minnesota, the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, and Paul Pierce of the Clippers.
James achieved the feat at 30 years and 307 days old.
“I had no idea first of all, that I’m that close,” James said before reporters after 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,” he added.
James’ biggest feat happened before 18,094 roaring 76ers fans at the arena, and they weren’t stingy in showing him some appreciation by rewarding him with a standing ovation.
”They are Sixer fans to death. But they know and they respect the game of basketball,” James quipped. ”To get a standing ovation for reaching that milestone, it was very special.”
Bryant previously held the record when he scored 25,000 points at 31 years and 151 days old.
James has already passed Hall of Famers like Patrick Ewing, Elgin Baylor and Larry Bird on the scoring list, and he could overtake more than a handful of other basketball greats this season. Next on the list: Jerry West, who scored 25,192 points.
The four-time MVP’s slamdunk gave Cleveland a 90-77 advantage with eight minutes to go before wrapping up the game at 107-100.