LeBron James made history last night by becoming the youngest NBA player (at 28 years of age) to ever score 20,000 points (click here to watch the clip of the moment). He did so last night against the Warriors, in which the Heat won the game 92-75. LeBron also broke the 5,000 assist mark.
Thirty-eight players have reached the 20,000-point mark in all, with seven of them active (including James’ 37-year-old teammate, Ray Allen, who entered play with 23,336 points). James’ 5,000th assist came midway through the first quarter, when he found Dwyane Wade for a dunk that put the Heat up 8-7.
“I’m not really a numbers, milestone guy,” James insisted to USA TODAY Sports after the Heat’s shoot-a-round at the University of San Francisco on Wednesday. “As they come up on me, I live in that moment. (The points mark) came up on my radar when I needed 50 points. That’s when I knew about it.
“I’m just a complete basketball player. I dominate all facets of the game – rebounding, scoring, passing. I do a little bit of everything – defending. I’m not just a one-dimensional guy. It’s just a testament to how I was brought up in the game, how people taught me the game. I just try to play the right way.”
“When they mention the best scorers in the game, they never really say him as the best scorer,” Wade said. “He has so many other attributes that it’s hard to mention everything.”
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra agreed.
“I think what’s most remarkable about it is the fact that LeBron came into the league as a complete player,” Spoelstra said. “Often times he’s a facilitator. He’s been criticized for that many times during the course of his time with us, and scoring – while that’s just one of the things that he does – he does it as well as anybody in this league.
“And the fact that he’s able to accomplish that milestone so quickly shows you how talented he is. He continues to push himself to get to a higher level.”
Source: USA Today