Heat's LeBron James eyes 30,000 points

Posted: January 16, 2013

LeBron James needs 18 points to become the 38th NBA player to score 20,000 in his career. If it happens Wednesday when the Miami Heat visit the Golden State Warriors, James (28 years, 17 days) will be more than a year younger than Kobe Bryant was when he got there at 29 years, 122 days.

James would be the seventh-fastest to the 20,000 club, in his 726th regular-season game. Wilt Chamberlain needed 499 games, followed by Michael Jordan (620), Oscar Robertson (671), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (684), Elgin Baylor (711), and Allen Iverson (713).

Nets win 7th straight

Brook Lopez had 22 points and nine rebounds, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams each scored 21 points, and the host Brooklyn Nets extended their winning streak to seven games with a 113-106 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.

Brooklyn is 9-1 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.

Quotable

Liam Smith, a New Yorker living in London (where the Knicks play Detroit Thursday), on England's NBA fans: "You see the most random jerseys. . . . I'll probably see a Stephon Marbury Knicks jersey. It's not like they were good when he was on there."

- Inquirer wire services

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