Though the slumping Cleveland Cavaliers fell 114-102 to the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night, there was a sweet taste to a sour night. LeBron James scored 28 points in the contest, becoming the youngest player ever to reach 30,000 career points at 33 years and 24 days of age.
LeBrron also became the first player to reach 30,000 points, 7,000 rebounds and 7,000 assists, as pointed out by the NBA's official Twitter account:
James now joins an exclusive 30,000-point club that only includes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain and Dirk Nowitzki. Bryant was previously the youngest player to reach the milestone at 34 years and 104 days of age.
The three-time NBA Champion congratulated himself earlier today before accomplishing the feat, which caused a bit of a stir on social media:
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👑
After Tuesday's game, LeBron moved his points-per-game average to 26.8 - only trailing James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo in the scoring race.
Despite reaching the milestone, James and the Cleveland Cavaliers don't seem to be in a happy place right now. The team had a heated meeting on Monday, in which players blamed Kevin Love after he missed Saturday's game with a reported illness.
Cleveland's 27-19 record is good for third in the Eastern Conference, but this is a team that went 51-31 last season and reached the NBA Finals for a third-straight year. With their struggles on defence - and red-hot play from the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors, the Cavaliers don't have the looks of a contender right now.
James is free to leave the Cavaliers after this season, so there's pressure on the team to convince their franchise player that they have a long-term winner built. If the Cavaliers don't reach the Finals this year, LeBron's future in Cleveland becomes a lot more murky.
Even though James continues to re-write the record books, the only thing his legacy needs at this point is more championship rings. If the Cavaliers don't pick up their play in the second half, LeBron may title chase elsewhere.