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LeBron James reaches several milestones after huge performance against the Wizards

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The Cleveland Cavaliers went into their clash with the Washington Wizards on Friday night on a four-game losing streak but LeBron James was determined to bring that to an end.

The King did so in style as he dropped 57 points in a 130-122 win in the nation's capital and brought the team's ugly skid to a halt.

It was the second-highest points total of his career and just four points short of matching his career-high of 61, which he posted in 2014 for the Miami Heat.

LeBron remarkably played 43 minutes and refused to come out of the game in the second half as he was desperate to stay in a zone and lead his team to a much-needed victory.

As well as the incredible scoring outburst, King James racked up a number of milestones with the stunning performance.

The Cavaliers superstar became the seventh player in NBA history to score 29,000 points for his career.

James - at 32 years and 308 days - is also the youngest player to reach that benchmark, beating out Kobe Bryant who set it at 33 years and 199 days.

As well as that feat, the three-time champion posted his 800th consecutive regular season game of double-digit scoring, ranking second behind Michael Jordan who leads the way with 866.

The milestones didn't end there for the four-time MVP as he tied Allen Iverson for the sixth most games with 50+ points at 11.

LeBron also joined Bryant as the only other player to score 50 points in a game in their 15th season or later over the last 50 seasons.

It was a truly astonishing night for the 13-time All-Star in so many ways. It's also impressive that he managed to put up the big numbers by only hitting two three-pointers and nine free throws in the contest.

The majority of his points came in the paint and via post-ups which is something that he's added to his game effectively over the years.

He nailed several tough turnaround fadeaway jumpers over Wizards defenders that were reminiscent of Michael Jordan and James admits its a part of his game that he's worked on regularly.

"I work on my game every day and the shots that I was taking, pretty much all of them I work on," James said. "I've been working quite a bit on my turnarounds and my fadeaways and my footwork, things of that nature, and I was able to get to it. Once I fade, I really don't see the defender as much, and I'm just focusing on the target."

Cleveland Cavaliers v Washington Wizards

Almost everything went his way on a night to remember for LBJ but the most important thing for him was to get a W for his team after their horrible start to the season.

This should give them the boost they needed to kickstart their campaign and it proves they're still the team to beat in the Eastern Conference.

Topics:
NBA
LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Eastern Conference
Dwyane Wade
Miami Heat
Southeast Division

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