LeBron James became the youngest player to score 20,000 points in the National Basketball Association, while the Atlanta Hawks won for the first time in three starts to end the Brooklyn Nets’ seven-game unbeaten run.
James, at 28 years, 17 days, reached 20,001 career points on a short jump shot with two minutes, 45 seconds to play in the first half against the Golden State Warriors (23-14) last night at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
James, who needed 18 points to hit the mark, finished with 25 points and 10 assists as his Miami Heat (25-12) won 92-75. The Hawks, who had lost six of their previous seven games, never trailed against the Nets and led by as many as 26 points during the 109-95 victory at Philips Arena in Atlanta.
Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, at 28 years, 122 days, is now the second youngest of the 38 players to score at least 20,000 points in the NBA.
James joined the club in his 726th regular-season game, placing him seventh on the list in that measure behind Wilt Chamberlain, who needed 499 games, Michael Jordan (620), Oscar Robertson (671), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (684), Elgin Baylor (711) and Allen Iverson (713). Shaquille O’Neal did it in 727 games.
The Nets converted four of 26 3-point attempts, or 15 percent, while Atlanta made eight of 21, a 38 percent success rate.
The Nets (23-16) are second in the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic division, two games behind the New York Knicks (24-13), who play the Detroit Pistons in London today.
Atlanta (22-16) trails Miami by 3 1/2 games in the Southeast division.
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