PHILADELPHIA, PA (WOIO) - LeBron James became the youngest player to reach 25,000 career points, leading the Cavaliers past the winless Philadelphia 76'ers 107-100 on Monday night.
James had 22 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds and rallied the Cavs in the second half against a scrappy Philly team that had built a 15-point lead. James and the rest of the Eastern Conference champions had enough to push back the undermanned Sixers.
James scored the milestone basket on a dunk with 8:07 left in the fourth quarter. The 30-year-old James became the fifth active player with 25,000 points and the 20th overall. He joined Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki, San Antonio's Tim Duncan, Minnesota's Kevin Garnett, Los Angeles' Kobe Bryant and Paul Pierce of the Clippers.
James scored six points in the third quarter to help the Cavaliers start their rally against the 0-3 Sixers. He made 9 of 19 shots and had four steals.
But it was the latest major achievement that stuck with James, who went from Ohio prep star to the No. 1 overall selection by Cleveland in the 2003 draft.
"It just means I've played with a lot of great teammates, a lot of great coaches," James said. "I've been around some great groups and I've been able to reap the benefits. It's a cool thing. I've got more work to do, but it's pretty cool to see where you're able to kind of stop and look at it."
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