WATCH: LeBron James reaches historic 30k points
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 24, 2018 09:46 AM
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James warms up for an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in San Antonio. James is 7 points away from hitting the 30,000 mark for his career. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
LeBron James joined an exclusive club, reaching the 30,000 career points mark with a basket against the San Antonio Spurs.
James needed seven points Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) to get there. He missed his first two midrange jumpers before making two driving layups and a 20-footer. He hit the milestone jumper over Danny Green from 19 feet out.
He's now seventh all-time on the league's scoring charts, behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, and Dirk Nowitzki.
In the process, James also became the first player to reach 30,000 points, 7,000 rebounds, and 7,000 assists.
James was recognized by the arena before the second quarter and got a standing ovation from Spurs fans. James patted his head and said "thank you so much."
In a statement, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said, "Congratulations to LeBron on reaching 30,000 points – yet another milestone in an extraordinary career that continues to inspire."
At 33 years and 24 days, James is the youngest to reach the mark. Bryant was 34 years and 104 days when he got there.
The 14-time All-Star has averaged 27.1 points since breaking into the league as an 18-year-old in 2003.
With a report from the Associated Press