Soaring and scoring, slamming and strutting, LeBron James rewrote another page in the Cavs record book Friday night. James became the Cavaliers’ all-time scoring leader -- at age 23 – in their 90-83 win over the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena.
Soaring and scoring, slamming and strutting, LeBron James rewrote another page in the Cavs record book Friday night.
James became the Cavaliers’ all-time scoring leader -- at age 23 – in their 90-83 win over the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Cavs won their ninth straight at home by holding the Raptors 17 points below their scoring average. Two nights earlier, they beat Detroit by holding the Pistons 25 points below their average.
“Another great performance defensively from our team,” James said. “If we can continue to play the defense we’ve been (playing) in the last few games against very good teams in Detroit and Toronto, we can be very hard to beat because we do have a closer in myself that can close out a basketball game in the fourth quarter.”
James had his usual stellar fourth quarter, scoring 11 points to help the Cavs rally. Three emphatic dunks by James had the crowd on its feet in the fourth before his two jumpers sealed the game.
“When teams make a run, we need to have an answer,” James said. “I’ve been that answer, and I want to continue to be that answer.”
But it was during the first quarter that James made history.
A sell-out crowd of 20,562 fans gave him a lengthy standing ovation when he reached his milestone. A driving layup by All-Star forward Chris Bosh and 7-footer Rasho Nesterovic with 4:10 left in the quarter pushed James past Brad Daugherty’s mark of 10,389 points. He finished with 29 points, giving him 10,414 for his career.
“It was special to get the standing ovation,” James said. “Most of these fans have seen me from when I was 13 as a freshman at St. V all the way to now, 23-years-old and in my fifth year in the NBA. To be the all-time leader in points scored for this franchise is something that I never dreamed of. Now that it’s here it’s an unbelievable feeling.”
Head Coach Mike Brown called it “absolutely frickin’ amazing” that James broke the team scoring record by age 23 and before his fifth season ended.
“It took me 13 years to get 10,000 points,” said forward Joe Smith, a former national college player of the year at Maryland. “... I haven’t played with a guy like that since I was in Minnesota with Kevin Garnett. It’s a joy to play with him and it’s a joy to watch him out there on the floor because of some of the things he’s doing.
“I congratulate him and I know he has at least 30,000 more in him.”
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Cavs all-time leading scorers
1. LeBron James: 10,414
2. Brad Daugherty: 10,389
3. Austin Carr: 10,265
4. Mark Price: 9,543
5. Bingo Smith: 9,513
Cavs scoring records held by James
Most points, career: 10,414
Most points, season: 2,478, 2005-06
Most points, game: 56, vs. Toronto, March 20, 2005
Most points, half: 34, second, vs. Utah, Nov. 16, 2007 (tied with Walt Wesley)
Most points, quarter: 24, fourth, at Toronto, Jan. 6, 2008
Most career playoff points: 901
Most points in a playoff game: 48, at Detroit, May 31, 2007
Breaking down James’ 380 games, by points scored
Did you know?
- Since entering the NBA in 2003, only Kobe Bryant (10,557) has scored more points than James.
- James has scored an additional 901 points in 33 playoff games, good for a 27.3 average, fifth-best all-time in the postseason. No player in the league has scored more points in the playoffs the past two seasons.
- To put LeBron James’ milestone in historical perspective, he is more than halfway to cracking the league’s list of top 30 all-time scorers. Former guard Mitch Richmond sits 30th with 20,497 points.
- But James is not even a third of the way to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time record of 38,387 points. If he continued to score 27.4 a game, James would need to play 1,021 more games (12-plus seasons) to reach that mark.
- His career average of 27.4, though, ties him with Elgin Baylor for the league’s fourth-highest all-time scoring average. Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlin lead that list at 30.1 apiece. Allen Iverson is next at 27.8.