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LeBron James reaches two milestones in Heat’s rout of Warriors
OAKLAND, Calif. – Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and team president Pat Riley took a moment in the locker room late Wednesday night to give LeBron James the game ball and recognize his latest record.
Players shouted and huddled in the center of the room. Then, as Spoelstra said, “Everybody took a shot at him – a punch, a jab, an elbow, whatever they could get in before he started hitting back.”
Just a small sampling of the hurt James has put on the rest of the NBA for the last decade.
James became the youngest player in league history to score 20,000 points and also surpassed 5,000 assists on a milestone night, leading the Heat to a 92-75 victory over the undermanned Golden State Warriors.
On a road trip that has had more bad news than good, James rewrote the headlines and the record books. He finished with 25 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds in just 30 minutes to grab his latest slice of history.
The Heat celebrated LeBron James’ milestone night on Wednesday. But it remains to be seen if the euphoria will result in more consistent play, Brian Windhorst writes. Daily Dime
“It means everything,” James said.
“It means a lot. First of all, like I continue to say, it means I’ve been able to be healthy. To be out on the floor and do what I love to do, I love the game of basketball and I try to give everything to the game. And hopefully it continues to give back to me.”