Updated: January 17, 2013, 1:18 AM ET

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LeBron's More Meaningful Milestone

By Brian Windhorst

LeBron James was both shocked and pleased to learn he was on the verge of a statistical milestone heading into the Miami Heat's visit to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday (ESPN, 10:30 p.m. ET).

Less than three weeks off his 28th birthday and midway through his 10th season, James needs 18 points to become the youngest player ever to score 20,000.

But that isn't the number that captured James' attention this week when he was advised of his career totals. After all, he has been the youngest to score 1,000 points, 10,000 points, 19,000 points and all those in between.

Carrying more currency to James is that he's two assists shy of reaching 5,000 for his career. James is very likely to get both achievements against the Warriors, creating a unique moment that puts his career into some perspective.

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Can LeBron James Catch Kareem?

By Tom Haberstroh
ESPN Insider

Oddly enough, LeBron James is on the brink of not one but two career milestones ahead of Wednesday night's matchup against the Golden State Warriors.

He is 18 points from scoring 20,000 points for his career and two assists shy of the 5,000-assist threshold.

Even though the assist total might be more impressive, let's tackle the scoring feat. If he scores at least 18 points, James will become the youngest player ever to reach 20,000 points at age 28 and 17 days, which would be quicker by more than a year than Kobe Bryant's previous mark, when he did it at 29 years and 122 days. That's a pretty sizable head start.

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