With under three seconds remaining in the period, James pulled up from a few steps inside the three-point arc and drained a jumper to eclipse 30,000 career points.
The three-time champion became the seventh player to join the 30,000-point club and the youngest ever to reach that milestone. Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant did so at 34 years, 104 days. James bettered that mark by a year and 80 days.
Teammate and longtime friend Dwyane Wade was the first person to celebrate with James on the court following the first quarter. James also received an ovation from many in AT&T Center.
The King congratulated himself on Instagram ahead of the occasion earlier in the day.
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?