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Kevin Durant Becomes 2nd-Youngest Player To Score 20,000 Career Points


Kevin Durant just became the second-youngest player to score 20,000 career points.

Kevin Durant joined a few fairly exclusive clubs on Wednesday night. With 1:41 remaining in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers, Durant sank this 22-foot jumper off a crossover that shook defender Montrezl Harrell …

… to become:

• only the 44th player in NBA history to score 20,000 career points (48th, when you count players who played in the dearly departed ABA);

• just the fifth player to hit the 20,000-point mark before his 30th birthday, joining the Hall of Fame quartet of Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain and LeBron James; and

• at 29 years and 103 days old, the second-youngest player ever to reach 20K, behind only James, who got there back in 2013 at 28 years and 17 days of age.

Kobe Bryant previously sat second in the fastest-to-20,000 race, achieving the feat in 2007 at 29 years and 122 days. Durant entered Wednesday needing 25 points to bump the Mamba down the list; he got there by halftime, shooting a blistering 9 for 10 from the floor to stake the Warriors to a 62-58 halftime lead.