That wasn’t James’ only milestone Friday night. He also moved into No. 20 all-time in assists, passing Derek Harper. Earlier this season, James had joined Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to rank in the top 25 in both points and assists.
In the Cavs win at Auburn Hills, Michigan, Kevin Love scored 19 of his 29 points in the first half and Kyrie Irving had 28 points.
"We always talk about, it starts and ends with the `Big Three,’ and those two guys got it done," James said. "I filled in, did what I needed to do to help us win."
The Cavaliers have won three straight since losing to Chicago in Tyronn Lue’s first game as head coach. Lue wants the Cavs to pick up the pace offensively, and they seem to be responding. Cleveland has scored at least 114 points in each of the past three games.
In the third quarter, when he was one point shy of 26,000, he breezed in on a breakaway. As he went up for a dunk, the ball came loose from his right hand, and by the time he reached up with his left, he’d lost control.
James reached the milestone on a free throw with 4:04 left in the quarter.