Tip-Off for 1/17/13 (featuring Donnie Hathaway): Youngest in Charge: LeBron James reaches 20,000 points 5,000 assists in Heat victory

(USA Today)

Fading into history: LeBron James’ 20,000 point came on this fallaway jumper.

We are witnesses to one of the great individual careers in the history of sports. LeBron James became the youngest player to score 20,000 points as the Heat defeated the Golden State Warriors 92-75. For good measure, James handed out his 5,000th dime. At age 28, it’s highly possible that James could become the NBA’s all-time leading scorer as well as one of its all-time assist leaders.

Bulls 107 – Raptors 105 (overtime) – The Bulls blew a 19-point lead Carlos Boozer had 36 points and 12 rebounds and Joakim Noah finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds for Chicago. Alan Anderson led the Raptors with 27 points.

Magic 97 – Pacers 86 – Nickola Vucevic led the Magic with 15 points and 15 boards. Paul George led Indiana with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Hawks 109 – Nets 95 – The Hawks shot 58 percent from the floor despite struggling from the free throw line. Jeff Teague led Atlanta with 28 points and 11 assists. Brook Lopez led the Nets with 22 points and 9 rebounds.

Hornets 90 – Celtics 78 – Young Austin Rivers is one up on father Doc after the Hornets road win against the Celtics. Al-Farouq Aminu led New Orleans with 18 points. Rajon Rondo dished out 11 assists for the Celtics — who were killed on the boards 48-33.

Thunder 117 – Nuggets 97 – The Thunder snapped the Nuggets six-game winning streak. The Nuggets only shot 13 percent from beyond the arc. Russell Westbrook scored a game-high 32 points. Kosta Koufos led Denver with 16 points and 9 rebounds.

Mavericks 105 – Rockets 100 – The Rockets continue to struggle, losing their fifth straight. Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points and Elton Brand grabbed 10 rebounds for Dallas. James Harden led Houston with 20 points.  

Spurs 102 – Grizzlies 83 – The Spurs shot 58 percent from the field — while holding the Grizzlies to a frigid 42 percent. Tim Duncan led all scorers with 19 points. Rudy Gay led Memphis with 17 points.

Kings 95 – Wizards 94 – The Kings were able to rally back at home against an improved Wizards squad. Bradley Beal led Washington with 26 points and John Wall handed out 10 assists. John Salmons led the Kings with 21 points and DeMarcus Cousins led all players with 16 rebounds.

Cavaliers 93 – Blazers 88 – The Blazers outrebounded the Cavs 54-40, but committed 19 turnovers. Kyrie Irving had 31 points and 5 assists for Cleveland. Nicholas Batum led the Blazers with 23 points and 12 rebounds.

Heat 92 – Warriors 75 – LeBron James led the Heat with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Jarrett Jack led the Warriors with 16 points.

The Lineup:

Memphis mayor calls to the end of gun violence (Commercial Appeal).

Chicago hoops player shot, killed after game (Chicago Hoops 24/7).

Unless you’ve been under a rock (CNN).

Kim Kardashian opens up about Beyonce (In Flex We Trust).

T’yanna’s tattoo of her dad (In Flex We Trust).

Who is this (@SerenaWilliams).

Mayor working to keep the Kings in Sacramento (SB Nation).

History from The Black Fives (Black Fives).

Social recruiting is a good thing (ICIMS).

Manti Te’o hoax to be addressed by the “girlfriend” (CNN).


The Great Donnie Hathaway.

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