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LeBron James Becomes Youngest Player Ever to Reach 29,000 Career Points

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LeBron James scored an NBA season-high 57 points in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 130-122 win over the Washington Wizards on Friday, helping the Cavs snap a four-game losing streak.

At 32 years, 308 days, James became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 29,000 career points, according to ESPN Stats & Information, finishing the night with 29,049. It was James’ 11th career 50-point game, tying him with Allen Iverson for the sixth-most in NBA history, and his first since he had a career-high 61 against the then-Charlotte Bobcats on March 3, 2014.

James, who is in his 15th season, joins Kobe Bryant as the only players to score 50 points in a game in their 15th season or later over the past 50 seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information; Bryant scored 60 in his final career game in his 20th season.

James’ 57 points tied Kyrie Irving’s franchise record, which Irving set against the San Antonio Spurs on March 12, 2015.

James shot 23-for-34 from the field, 9-for-9 from the free throw line and added a game-high 11 rebounds as well as seven assists. The 23 made field goals were a career high.

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN

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Jimmy Butler (Knee) Sits Out T-Wolves Win Over Raptors

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Jimmy Butler sat out Minnesota’s 115-109 victory Saturday night against Toronto with a sore right knee.

Butler is averaging 21.7 points per game for the revamped Timberwolves, who entered with the fourth-best record in the Western Conference. Minnesota had lost two straight before hosting the Raptors. Nemanja Bjelica started in Butler’s place.

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Celtics’ Kyrie Irving Set to Return From Shoulder Injury

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Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving went through the team’s entire off-day practice Saturday and expects to return to game action Sunday against the Orlando Magic after missing one game due to a sore shoulder.

Irving sat out Thursday’s loss to the Philadelphia 76ers after undergoing tests on a shoulder that had been bothering him recently. An MRI revealed no structural damage, but Irving will continue getting treatment even as he returns to game action.

Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN

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LeBron After Loss to OKC: We Can Get Bounced Early in Playoffs

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Following one of the most inept defensive performances in Cavaliers history, LeBron James said his team looked primed for a short postseason appearance, barring any changes.

The Cavs fell 148-124 to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday, tying a franchise record for most points allowed in regulation. They are 3-9 since Christmas Day. “Playoffs? We can’t even start thinking about that, not the way we’re playing right now,” James said. “We could easily get bounced early in the playoffs if they started next weekend. Haven’t even began thinking about the postseason.”

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN

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