Today in Sports History: January 17

By Brandon Zhu

On this day in 2012, the Miami Heat defeated the Golden State Warriors  92-75 and LeBron James became the youngest player in NBA history to record 20,000 career points. James, at 28 years and 17 days, passed Kobe Bryant’s record. Bryant reached the milestone at 29 years, 122 days. James is currently ranked no. 3 on the NBA All-Time Points Leaders list with 34,557 points. The first pick in the 2003 NBA draft, James has already cemented himself as one of the greatest players in NBA history. Known for his dominance on the court and elite play making abilities, James is in his 18th season looking to win back-to-back championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. James has been to the NBA finals 11x and is currently a 4x NBA champion. He won back-to-back rings with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013, overcame a 3-1 lead in 2016 to guide the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first ever NBA title, and led the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2020 NBA bubble to their first ring since 2010. James was named NBA Finals MVP all four times. James’ other accolades include 16x All-NBA Team selections, 10x NBA All-Defensive Team selections, 4x NBA MVP, and 16x NBA All-Star.

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