Cleveland Cavaliers SF LeBron James joins NBA's 30,000-point club
Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James scored his 30,000th career point in Tuesday's game in San Antonio against the Spurs.
CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James has become the seventh player in NBA history to score 30,000 points.
With mere seconds left to play in the first quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center, James pulled up for a deep jumper on the right wing that was just inside the three-point line and knocked it down to surpass the 30,000-point mark, which put him in another elite club in NBA annals.
James got to 30,000 points by converting 10,890 of his 21,649 field goal attempts, knocking down 1,546 three-point tries and 6,675 of his 9,022 shots from the free-throw line. James is a lifetime 50.3 percent shooter from the field, 34.3 percent from three-point range and 74.0 percent at the charity stripe.
Along with James, only six other players have scored 30,000 points in NBA history, led by Milwaukee Bucks/Los Angeles Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387), Utah Jazz/Lakers forward Karl Malone (36,928), Lakers legend Kobe Bryant (33,643), Jordan (32,292), Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, 76ers/Lakers center Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) and Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (30,777).
Abdul-Jabbar, Malone, Jordan and Chamberlain are members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, while Bryant will be inducted when eligible, and Nowitzki is still active with the Mavericks.
Last season, James became the all-time leading scorer in the history of the NBA Playoffs.
With his 29-point showing over the first two-plus quarters of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden in Boston, James moved past Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan for first on the NBA’s all-time postseason scoring list.
In 217 postseason games, James has scored 6,163 points while shooting .485 from the field (2,182 of 4,496), .330 beyond the three-point arc and .742 at the free-throw line.
In addition to James’ scoring prowess in the postseason, he ranks in the top 10 in three-pointers made, rebounds and steals in NBA Playoffs history.
Despite coming up on the losing end of The Finals for the fifth time in eight trips last June, James made NBA history against the Golden State Warriors. James averaged a triple-double of points, rebounds and assists over the five games, a first for the NBA’s championship series.
James averaged 33.6 points, 12.0 rebounds and 10.0 assists while shooting .564 from the field and .387 from three-point range against the Warriors.
James is the Cavaliers' franchise single-season leader in points scored (2,478 in 2005-2006), minutes played (3,388 in 2004-2005), field goals attempted (1,823) and made (875 in 2005-2006), free throws attempted (814) and made (601 in 2005-2006), and scoring average (31.4 points per game in 2005-2006).
In 812 regular-season games with the Cavaliers, James broke franchise records for the most points scored, scoring average per game, field goals made and attempted, free throws made and attempted, three-pointers attempted and made, assists, defensive rebounds, steals, minutes played and minutes per game.
In addition to his regular-season records, James is the Cavaliers' franchise leader in points scored (3,825), scoring average (29.4 points per game), assists (990), field goals made (1,353) and attempted (2,849), free throws made (911) and attempted (1,253), three-pointers made (208) and attempted (650), defensive rebounds (992), total rebounds (1,188), steals (234) and minutes played (5,499) over 130 postseason games.
PHOTOS: Cleveland Cavaliers SF LeBron James scores 30,000th career point
SAN ANTONIO, TX - LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots a 2pt shot to reach his 30,000 career points at the end of the first quarter during the game against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket against Orlando Magic forward Marreese Speights (5) during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena.
Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James (23) looks to dribble while Indiana Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) defends in the first half at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James (23) drives against Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) in the third quarter at Quicken Loans Arena.
Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James (23) shoots the ball in the first quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James dunks during the second half of Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals against the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena on May 1, 2017.
Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James shoots the ball against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 8, 2017.
Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James puts up a shot over John Wall (2) and Bradley Beal (3) of the Washington Wizards in the second half at Capital One Arena on November 3, 2017.
Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James dunks in the third quarter against the Boston Celtics during Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden in Boston
Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James goes in for a layup against Bruce Bowen #12 of the San Antonio Spurs during Game 4 of the 2007 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James looks to get a shot off next to Kris Dunn #32 of the Chicago Bulls during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena on December 21, 2017.
Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James shoots and makes the game-winning shot with two seconds left in the 2nd overtime against the Detroit Pistons in Game 5 of the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James attempts a layup over Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 19, 2017.
Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James surveys the court during his first-ever NBA game against the Sacramento Kings at Arco Arena on October 29, 2003.
Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James slam dunks during a game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona on January 8, 2017.
Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James drives the ball past Bruce Bowen of the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 of the 2007 NBA Finals at the AT&T Center on June 10, 2007.
Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James prepares to make his NBA debut against the Sacramento Kings in 2003.
Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James drives to the basket against the Boston Celtics during the first quarter at TD Garden on March 1, 2017.
Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James shoots against Jonas Jerebko of the Boston Celtics in the third quarter during Game Four of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on May 23, 2017.
Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James pulls up for a shot against Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic at Quicken Loans Arena on January 18, 2018.