LeBron James on Wednesday became the youngest player in NBA history to score 20,000 career points, moving past the milestone with 25 points in Miami’s 92-75 victory over Golden State.
James’s jump shot with 2 minutes, 45 seconds remaining in the second quarter gave him 20,001 career points. He came into the contest needing 18 points to become the 38th player in NBA history to reach the mark.
“It means everything,” James said. “It means I’m healthy, I’m able to be out there on the floor and also my teammates have allowed me to get to this milestone.”
The previous youngest to reach the 20,000-point mark was Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who got there when he was 29 years, 122 days old, while James was 28 years and 17 days old.
James reached the 20,000-point plateau in his 726th regular-season game. While he was the youngest to get there, Wilt Chamberlain needed just 499 games to reach the milestone.
In the first quarter, James’s pass to a driving Dwyane Wade for a dunk also gave him a 5,000th career assist, a mark he said he was equally proud of.
“Twenty thousand points is big-time,” James said. “I know the list is small and I’m humbled by it, but also 5,000 assists means a lot as well because I’ve had some good teammates over the years and I appreciate every single one of them.”