This Week In NBA History: LeBron becomes youngest to score 20k
NBA.com Global on Jan 18, 2018 08:08 AM
OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 16: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat dunks agains the Golden State Warriors on January 16, 2013 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Jeff Case, NBA.com
LeBron James and Kobe Bryant were two of the standout players of their era, with their legacies, milestones and accomplishments debated and discussed often. Feats Bryant would accomplish first -- winning an NBA title, making an All-Star team and more -- were often accomplished shortly thereafter by James.
Such was the case on Jan. 16, 2013, when James reached the 20,000-career points mark in a Miami Heat road win against the Golden State Warriors. James eclipsed the milestone against the Golden State Warriors when he made a short jumper with 2:45 left in the second quarter to give him 2,001 career points. He needed 18 points entering the game to be the 38th NBA player to reach the mark.
James said he knew before the shot he was a point away from the milestone.
"The best part about it is I was in a rhythm, too, so it wasn't one of those forced shots," he said. "I was able to get the switch on David Lee and get to the elbow and make a shot. It's pretty cool."
Bryant was the youngest before that to reach that mark, scoring his 20,000th career point when he was 29 years, 122 days old. James was 28 years, 17 days when he accomplished the feat. When James reached the 10,000-point mark, he did so at 23 years and 59 days, more than a year younger than Bryant was when he hit the milestone in 2003 (24 years, 193 days).