posted on Nov, 28 2004 @ 08:30 AM
LeBron James scored 26 points to become the youngest player in NBA history to reach 2,000 in a career, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 96-74
victory over the Chicago Bulls last night.
At 19 years, 272 days old, James is 277 days younger than Kobe Bryant was when he set the mark on Feb. 23, 1999, with the Los Angeles Lakers.
James also had seven assists and seven rebounds in 32 minutes.
Jeff McInnis scored 16 points for Cleveland, which won for the ninth time in 10 games and handed the Bulls their 10th loss in 11 games.
Eddy Curry scored 20 points to lead Chicago, which went 1-6 on a seven-game trip.
James hit a 16-foot fadeaway jumper with 1:03 remaining in the third quarter to reach 2,000. That was his final shot in the game because he went to
the bench after three quarters with the Cavaliers comfortably ahead 76-52.
The reigning NBA rookie of the year hit six of his first seven shots and had 17 points in the first half. He finished 11-for-17 from the field, mostly
on slam dunks and spin moves to the basket.
The most sensational was a resounding slam off an alley-oop pass from McInnis that sparked the Cavaliers on an 18-7 run early in the third quarter.