Cavs’ LeBron James becomes 7th player in NBA history with 11,000 career field goals
Congratulations are in order for LeBron James on another record-setting performance! James just added to his list of numerous accolades versus the Washington Wizards on Thursday night. James became the 7th player in NBA history to record 11,000 career field goals, joining another elite club of the league’s greatest players.
— NBA (@NBA) February 23, 2018
Entering the Wizards game, LeBron James was only eight field goals away (10,992) from 11,000. He recorded his eighth field goal during the 4th quarter with the Cavaliers trailing 97-89. Going up against Otto Porter Jr. on the right wing, the 2018 All-Star Game MVP drove baseline and converted on a layup with 5:54 left in the ballgame. He went on to make five more field goals in the game, bringing his career total to 11,005.
Other players who recorded 11,000 filed goals include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (15,837), Karl Malone (13,528), Wilt Chamberlain (12,681), Michael Jordan (12,192), Kobe Bryant (11,719), and Shaquille O’Neal (11,330).
The Cavaliers have 25 games remaining in the season and James is unlikely to catch up to O’Neal for the number six spot until the 2018-19 season.
LeBron James is now the 7th player in NBA history to record 11,000 field goals.#CavsNation
— Kenny Honaker (@CavsNationKen) February 23, 2018
Unfortunately, Cleveland lost the game to Washington, 110-103 but it wasn’t for a lack of effort on James’ part. He narrowly missed a triple-double with 32 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 steals. He shot 13-of-18 from the field, but only 1-of-4 from three, and 5-of-9 from the free-throw line.
Despite the loss, the Cavs have won four of their last five games since the trade deadline that brought in four new players to the lineup.
James and the Cavs will now look to bounce back this Friday against the Memphis Grizzlies on the road. James scored 34 points on 13-for-22 shooting from the field and dished out a dozen of dimes in the first meeting with Memphis on Dec. 2, when the Cavs took down the Grizzlies at home, 116-111.