Never one to view himself as a scorer, the Cleveland Cavaliers forward became the seventh player in NBA history to score 30,000 points, hitting the mark during Tuesday night’s 114-102 loss against the San Antonio Spurs. A deep jumper over San Antonio shooting guard Danny Green to end the first quarter put him over the mark, finding himself in elite company among the most potent offensive threats in NBA history. He immediately embraced with one of his closest friends, Dwyane Wade.
James’ jumper with 1.1 seconds remaining in the first quarter of the Cavaliers’ game against the Spurs gave him eight points for the game and 30,001 points for his career. James finished with 28 points on 10 of 23 shooting from the field in the Cavaliers’ 114-102 loss to the Spurs, upping his total to 30,021.
“Just a special moment,” James said after the game. “I just started thinking about everything. My journey from being a kid who first picked up a basketball when I was 5 years old to first playing organized basketball when I was 9 all the way up to this point.
“I give a lot of thanks to a lot of people. This is a special moment. It’s something I never set out to do. I’m not even a score-first guy when it comes to playing basketball. I love getting my teammates involved and seeing my teammates be excited about scoring and me getting the assist and things of that nature.
James entered the game needing just seven points to join Dirk Nowitzki (30,837), Wilt Chamberlain (31,419), Michael Jordan (32,292), Kobe Bryant (33,643), Karl Malone (36,928) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) in the exclusive club.
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