James opened his scoring night with a drive and a left-handed layup with 7:19 left in the first quarter. He added two more points on a finger roll layup with just over four minutes left. He got to within one point of the mark with 64 seconds to go with his first successful jump shot of the game. "Congratulations to LeBron on reaching 30,000 points – yet another milestone in an extraordinary career that continues to inspire," said NBA commissioner Adam Silver.
Congrats @KingJames. Welcome to the club!!!— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) January 24, 2018
James started out as a high school phenom who grew up to play for his hometown Cavaliers' team, then the villain who left for Florida and eventually to the favourite son who returned home. He was drafted first overall by Cleveland in 2003 and in February 2008 he became the youngest player to score 10,000 points. Five years after James played in his first all-star game in 2005, he made "The Decision" to take his talents to South Beach to play for the Miami Heat.
Wanna be one of the first to Congratulate you on this accomplishment/achievement tonight that you’ll reach! Only a handful has reach/seen it too and while I know it’s never been a goal of yours from the beginning try(please try) to take a moment for yourself on how you’ve done it! The House you’re about to be apart of has only 6 seats in it(as of now) but 1 more will be added and you should be very proud and honored to be invited inside. There’s so many people to thank who has help this even become possible(so thank them all) and when u finally get your moment(alone) to yourself smile, look up to the higher skies and say THANK YOU! So with that said, Congrats again Young King ??! 1 Love! #striveforgreatness? #thekidfromakron?
But before that, there are more milestones to collect. Coming into Tuesday's game, James led the NBA in field goals made this season (463) and over his career, he has made 10,886 field goals which is 19 away from surpassing Nowitzki (10,904 FGM) for eighth all-time in league history. James could now make a run at the league's all-time scoring record - Kareem's career total of 38,387 points. But before that, there are more milestones to collect. Coming into Tuesday's game, James led the NBA in field goals made this season (463) and over his career, he has made 10,886 field goals which is 19 away from surpassing Nowitzki (10,904 FGM) for eighth all-time in league history. 30k Points club Points Games Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38,387 1,560 Karl Malone 36,928 1,476 Kobe Bryant† 33,643 1,346 Michael Jordan 32,292 1,072 Wilt Chamberlain 31,419 1,045 Dirk Nowitzki 30,837 1,441 LeBron James 30,021 1,107
"For me to be sitting here as the youngest player to ever have 30,000 points in a class of only six other guys... to be honest, I don't know what happened, how I did it, man." - @KingJames?: @3DTV #PlayersOnly pic.twitter.com/7YnnfGJ9Hr — NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) January 24, 2018