NBA: LeBron James youngest to 20K points

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LeBron James – Youngest to 20,ooo points

LeBron James had a banner day on Wednesday against the Golden State Warriors, eclipsing two significant career milestones in the same game, picking up his 20,000th point and dishing off his 5,000th assist.

Entering the game he was 18 points shy of 20,000 and picked that up with 2:45 left in the second stanza.

He was 28 years, 17 days old when he hit the milestone, lowering the previous mark for youngest player to 20,000 points by well over one year. The previous mark was held by Kobe Bryant who was 29 years, 122 days when he hit his 20,oooth on Dec., 23, 2007 (811th game of his 12th season).

In what will most likely become a question in a future genius edition of a sports-related trivia game, Dwyane Wade was the recipient of James’ 5,000th assist in the first quarter.

James becomes the 38th player in NBA history to score 20,000 or more points, the 55th to dish off 5,000 assists, and the 13th to pick up 20,000 points and 5,000 assists.

James didn’t get to 20,000 points faster than anyone else, he’s actually eighth on that list behind Wilt Chamberlain (499 games in 7 seasons), who averaged over 30 points a game for 14 seasons with a high of 50.4ppg in 1061-62 (3,882 points and 2052 rebounds over 80 games).

NBA’s Fastest to 20,000

Player Games Date Season
Wilt Chamberlain 499 1965-66 season 7th
Michael Jordan 620 January 8, 1993 9th
Oscar Robertson 671 1968-69 season 9th
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 684 1976-77 season 9th
Elgin Baylor 711 1968-69 season 11th
Allen Iverson 713 January 23, 2007 11th
Jerry West ~720 December 19, 1970 11th
LeBron James 726 January 16, 2013 10th

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