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LeBron James continues to churn out milestones in an already historic career.
The Cleveland Cavaliers star passed the 29,000 career points mark on Friday night at Washington, becoming just the seventh player in NBA history to do so. At 32 years old, he is the youngest player in league history to reach that milestone, edging Kobe Bryant (33 years, 199 days) by a fair margin. In the process, James also passed Kevin Garnett and former Celtics great John Havlicek for 11th on the all-time field goals made list. In addition, the four-time Kia MVP came up with two early steals to pass former All-Star forward Shawn Marion for 18th place on the NBA all-time steals list.
As if all that were not enough, the three-time NBA champion also logged his 800th consecutive regular season game of double-digit scoring, ranking just second behind Michael Jordan (866). He only needed 10 points for that accomplishment. He surpassed 50 late in the fourth quarter for the 11th 50-point game of his career, ultimately finishing with 57 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
This would seem like an excerpt of achievements from an entire week of work, or month. Passes Shawn Marion in steals, passed John Havlicek in field goals made, marked the youngest to score 29k points, and also clinched 800 straight games with 10+ points in every game. Only 66 games behind Michael Jordan, which he will pass easily this season.
Last night, LeBron scored 57 points, had 11 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks, and shot 23-34 from the field. There was nobody stopping, or even slowing down LeBron. At one point, he beasted through 3 guys in the post and finished a layup un-phased.
This goes back to the point, LeBron still is the clear cut best player in the league, and arguably the best of all time. There is no doubt he becomes the league’s all time leading scorer, and probably top 3 in assists , and top 15 in virtually every other statistical category.
Kevin Durant is a fantastic player, probably the second best player in the league. But, he does not have the same effect on the game that LeBron James does. To be honest, outside of scoring, the effect isn’t even close – LeBron is way better.
Enjoy all of his greatness while it lasts, because despite being invinceable – father time will unfortunately take its toll and catch up some day.