NBA: Cavaliers' LeBron James becomes youngest player to reach 27,000 points, Knicks fall to Celtics

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dunks against the Washington Wizards during the first half at Verizon Centre on Nov 11, 2016 in Washington, DC.
LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dunks against the Washington Wizards during the first half at Verizon Centre on Nov 11, 2016 in Washington, DC.PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James grabbed another piece of National Basketball Association history on Friday, becoming the youngest player ever to score 27,000 points.

James, 31 years and 317 days old, needed seven points to reach the milestone going into the Cavaliers' game against the Wizards in Washington.

He scored 11 in the first quarter to surpass former Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant, who was 32 years and 160 days old when he reached 27,000.

For four-time NBA Most Valuable Player James it's another top mark. He's first all-time in assists by a forward and the only player with at least 2,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists in a season for at least seven seasons.

Earlier this month, he moved past Hakeem Olajuwon and into 10th on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

James scored 27 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the Cavaliers' 105-94 victory over the Wizards.

Kyrie Irving led the Cavs with 20 points as Cleveland bounced back from their first defeat of the season to improve to 7-1.

Kevin Love added 14 points and 16 rebounds for Cleveland, whose victory came a day after their visit to US President Barack Obama at the White House in honour of their title last season.

In Boston, New York star Carmelo Anthony was ejected in the second quarter on Friday as the Knicks fell 115-87 to the injury-depleted Celtics.