A cause for celebration, double celebration: The Cleveland Cavaliers have won three games in a row, beating the Philadelphia 76ers 107-100, while LeBron James reaches 25,000 career points in the regular season, the youngest player to ever do so.
Now with 25,001 following his 22-point performance (was one rebound shy of a triple double), he’s 20th on the All-Time scoring list, and will probably be moving up at least six or seven spots by the end of this season, putting him very close to the top 10. It takes less than 2000 points to knock Hakeem Olajuwon from that spot, but we still don’t know what kind of James it’s going to be this season, as his scoring average has taken a dip over the last few years.
So while James celebrates being the youngest player ever to reach the 25k points mark, he’s not the fastest. Both Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain needed less games (James did it in 915 regular season games) to hit 25,000: Wilt Chamberlain needed just 691 regular season games to make it. Jordan did it in 782 games.
James was also the youngest player to reach the 20,000 career points mark back in 2013, but eight players needed less games to reach that mark: Wilt, Jordan, Allen Iverson, George Gervin, Oscar Robertson, Kareem-Abdul Jabbar, Elgin Baylor and Jerry West.