OAKLAND, Calif. – LeBron James, 28, became the youngest player in the history of the NBA to score 20,000 points when he hit a floater in the lane late in the second quarter at Golden State on Wednesday night at Oracle Arena.

In a symbolic reminder that he is the farthest thing from a one-dimensional scorer, James – who has been assaulting the record books since he was drafted first overall by Cleveland in 2003 out of St. Vincent St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio – also surpassed the 5,000-assist mark against the Warriors. By doing so, he joined a club that – according to Basketball-Reference.com – has a total of 13 members. James surpassed the 5,000-rebound mark last season, and is now one of 11 players in the 20,000-point, 5,000-assist ,5,000-rebound club.

Thirty-eight players have reached the 20,000-point mark in all, with seven of them active (including James’ 37-year-old teammate, Ray Allen, who entered play with 23,336 points). James’ 5,000th assist came midway through the first quarter, when he found Dwyane Wade for a dunk that put the Heat up 8-7.

His scoring was versatile as always – a converted alley-oop via Wade from midcourt early, a three-pointer atop the key late in the first quarter that stretched the Heat’s lead to nine, and a stepback 17-footer that gave him 17 points and put Miami up 41-29 with 4:24 remaining in the second quarter.

James – who was the youngest player to be drafted No. 1 overall in 2003 at 18 years old, the youngest to win Rookie of the Year, and the youngest to score both 1,000 and 10,000 points – has long since cornered the market on becoming the youngest player in the game’s history to achieve such feats. He is marching past the milestones in what is already a remarkable career.

“I’m not really a numbers, milestone guy,” James insisted to USA TODAY Sports after the Heat’s shoot-a-round at the University of San Francisco on Wednesday. “As they come up on me, I live in that moment. (The points mark) came up on my radar when I needed 50 points. That’s when I knew about it.

“I’m just a complete basketball player. I dominate all facets of the game – rebounding, scoring, passing. I do a little bit of everything – defending. I’m not just a one-dimensional guy. It’s just a testament to how I was brought up in the game, how people taught me the game. I just try to play the right way.”

  • magic

    So overrated… He started in the league way before the others even had a chance in there era. And its a overall younger league. All these youngest ever stats mean nothin

  • magic

    A few guys did it in a lot of less games…..

  • President Ward

    That’s supposed be Dwyane Wade. SMH

  • BzB

    congrats due. no denying bron bron is a beast. even though he started at a younger age, he’s still done everything needed to be successful. trains hard, stays healthy, and he’s ruthless. if he ever gets a full grasp of the killer instinct the greats have he might, a big might, could be one of the greatest ever…

    • jamar

      yeah,you rite…some of the dudes on that list went to college and didnt start in the nba as young.

  • Mister Mister

    He’s going to be one of the greatest ever, bottom line….

    • President Ward

      Michael Jordan never lost in the nba finals. M.J. is the greatest nba baller ever too me.

      • Mister Mister

        Oh, I agree – MJ is the greatest & will probably not be surpassed, but LeBron will be up there

  • icebergslm

    Top 5 best ever. Were witnessing history. He still got to rack
    So more rings though.

    • BzB

      top 5 best ever

      1) mj
      2) magic
      3) kareem
      4) bill
      5) wilt

      he could crack top 5. too early to call it though.

  • too_funny

    The only thing that matters is the number of games and not the age. Now from a games perspective is not all that impressive.

    Wilt 499 games
    Jordan 620
    Iverson 713

  • Realist

    Damn!! Why are you guys always hating on LEBRON? Ya’ll sound like a bunch a hatin ass mofo’s. Give respect where respect due no matter if you a Lebron fan or not. He is a GREAT basketball player & he makes his team better. GET OVER IT

  • Realist

    the comment for @magic & @President Ward.