LeBron James becomes seventh to reach 30,000 career points

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James acknowledges cheering fans during the first half of Tuesday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs after he scored to reach the 30,000-point milestone for his career. - Eric Gay | AP photo

SAN ANTONIO — LeBron James has joined the NBA’s 30,000-point club.

James became the seventh player with 30,000 career points when he hit a jumper with one second left in the first quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ game against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.

James was recognized by the arena before the second quarter and got a standing ovation from Spurs fans. James patted his heard and said “thank you so much.”

James needed seven points Tuesday to get there. He missed his first two midrange jumpers before making two driving layups and a 20-footer. He hit the milestone jumper over Danny Green from 19 feet out.

The 33-year-old James joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928), Kobe Bryant (33,643), Michael Jordan (32,292), Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) and Dirk Nowitzki (30,808) on the list.

At 33 years and 24 days, James is the youngest to reach the mark. Bryant was 34 years and 104 days when he got there.

The 14-time All-Star has averaged 27.1 points since breaking into the league as an 18-year-old in 2003.

Kings 105, Magic 99

ORLANDO, Fla. — Garrett Temple scored 19 of his career-high 34 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Sacramento Kings to a 105-99 win over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night.

Willie Cauley-Stein had 21 points and nine rebounds and Buddy Hield added 13 points for the Kings, who stopped an eight-game losing streak. Temple accounted for all of Sacramento’s points during a 17-6 run that put the Kings ahead 103-97 with 23.5 seconds to go.

Evan Fournier led the Magic with 22 points and Elfrid Payton had 21 points, seven assists and seven rebounds. Aaron Gordon added 16 and Jonathon Simmons had 14 for Orlando, which struggled mightily to score in the final quarter.

Payton’s pull-up jumper with 7:13 remaining had given the Magic 91-86 lead. Orlando made just one more field goal — a dunk by Bismack Biyombo with 5:330 left — before Payton made a meaningless layup with under one second to play.

Sacramento rallied from an 11-point third-quarter deficit to take a 94-93 lead on Temple’s 3-pointer with 5:11 left in the game. Temple followed that with two perimeter jumpers and another 3-pointer to help the Kings to a 101-97 lead with 1:31 to go.

The two teams played dead even for the first 30 minutes of the game before Simmons hit a hot streak that gave the Magic their biggest lead of the game, 79-68. The Magic forward scored 14 points in the third period, including three 3-pointers and a three-point play.

However, as was the case all game, the Magic defense gave up the lead almost as fast as they got it.

Hield started the comeback with a 3-pointer and Cauley-Stein continued to be unguardable in the paint. His dunk cut the deficit to 82-77 by the end of the third quarter. A three-point play by Skal Labissiere made it a one-point game with over minutes to play.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James acknowledges cheering fans during the first half of Tuesday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs after he scored to reach the 30,000-point milestone for his career.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_LeBron-300-CMYK-1.jpgCleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James acknowledges cheering fans during the first half of Tuesday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs after he scored to reach the 30,000-point milestone for his career. Eric Gay | AP photo

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