Miami Heat's Lebron James became the youngest to mark 20,000 career scoring points. At only 28, he passed Kobe Bryant, the NBA's previous record-holder. In Wednesday's game against the Golden State Warriors, James also logged 5,000 assists. While Lebron is not the youngest to mark that milestone, he joined some elite company.
On Jan. 17, the Miami Herald noted that Lebron James celebrated his scoring milestone at only 28 years and 17 days old. In comparison, Kobe Bryant was 29 years and 122 days old at the time he reached the mark.
James almost missed his moment last night when he hyper-extended his thumb with less than four minutes left in the first half.
However, as he's done time after time in the past, Lebron shook off the momentary setback and did what he does best.
With two minutes and forty five seconds left, he received a pass, stepped back to create some space against Carl Landry and drained a short jumper to enter the NBA history book.
Last night's feat puts Lebron James in the company of 12 other players in the history of the game who have logged 20,000 points, 5,000 rebounds and 5,000 assists in a career.
So, Lebron is the youngest to mark 20,000 career scoring points. Only thing that remains for King James to do is add a few more championship titles to his bounty. If not, he'll just join a long line of other players who don one ring, played the game well, but fell short of the greatness of the Jordans, Bryants, Magics, Birds, Wests, Chamberlains and Abdul-Jabbars of the the world.