LeBron entered the game just 18 points shy of the 20k mark, and it took him less than two periods to reach the plateau, as he dropped in a pretty double-clutch jump shot with 2:46 remaining in the second quarter at Golden State.
Just to repeat the glorious fact, King James is now the youngest player in NBA history to eclipse 20,000 points.
King James has a new crown. LeBron is now the youngest ever to score 20,000 points. twitter.com/espn/status/29…— ESPN (@espn) January 17, 2013
James, who is currently 28 years old, is certain to set more records along the way. In a league that values scoring over everything, however, there may be no feat as impressive as this.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports documented James' exact age.
LeBron James accomplished the 20k scoring feat at 28 years and 17 days old.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) January 17, 2013
Not only is James the youngest to reach 20,000, but he's one of the fastest in league history to reach the milestone. Although he does not finish first, his place as the eighth quickest to 20k is praise-worthy.
ESPN Stats & Info provided the numbers.
LeBron James: while he's youngest player in history to reach 20,000 points (28), he needed 726 games, which is the 8th-fewest.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 17, 2013
Once again, flat out incredible.
As previously noted, this is not the first nor last record that James will set. The question is, how much longer must we wait before LeBron reaches another milestone?
Well, he's 35 treys away from 1,000 career three-point field goals.
Until then, congratulations LeBron James. If you hadn't already, you've now solidified your status as an all-time great.
Just another day in the life of the King.