LeBron James became the youngest player in NBA history to score 25,000 points

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Even though he’s playing through the bad back that made him miss most of training camp, LeBron James is still setting records in basketball in his 13th season.

James is the youngest player in NBA to score 25,000 points with an alley-oop dunk with 8:07 remaining in the fourth quarter of a 107-100 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday. After this James had scored 22 points in the game and 25,001 points for his career.

“The man above definitely put a stamp on it,” James said afterward. “What better way to close in on it than by me kind of high-flying a little bit. The man above definitely reached down and touched me a little bit.”

During the timeout, James was recognized for the accomplishment by the Sixers’ public address announcer, and got a standing ovation from the road crowd.

“It’s pretty cool,” James said. “I haven’t really had an opportunity to categorize the list of things that I’ve done, but to be able to do it in a winning fashion, No. 1, and with this group of guys and do it in a building that loves the game of basketball — and obviously, they are Sixers fans ’til death, but they know and they respect the game of basketball — and to get a standing ovation for reaching the milestone, it was very special.”

Before James, other NBA legend Kobe Bryant hit the plateau at 31 years, 151 days old. But James surpassed him by reaching 25,000 points at 30 years, 307 days old.

James became the 20th player to join the exclusive list of players to reach 25,000 points and the sixth active player, joining Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

“Nineteen guys?” James said. “There’s been over 1900 guys that have been in this league, so I guess it’s a cool thing.

“It just means that I’ve played with a lot of great teammates, a lot of great coaches that have allowed me to be in position to be successful on the floor,” James said at shootaround Monday. “It’s definitely a milestone any time you’re able to have an accomplishment like that. I’ve been around some great groups, and I’m able to reap a lot of the benefits.”

James said, he kept the game ball which was used when he reached the 20,000 points while playing in Golden State in January 2013.

“I’ll probably keep this one too if we win,” James said. “If we lose, it’s going to put a damper on my trophy case.”

And he sure did, since the Cavs came back from a 15-point first-half deficit and won the game.

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