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In his first quarter century, James has crammed in a lifetime worth of accomplishments.
He has already been a Sports Illustrated cover subject as a high schooler, a No. 1 overall draft pick, NBA Rookie of the Year, five-time All-Star, Olympic gold medalist, league MVP, multimillionaire and one of the most recognizable sports figures on the planet.
"It's amazing," Cavs coach Mike Brown said of James' early body of work. "You know how they say a young person has an old soul? Well, he's got an old game. It's athletic, powerful and energetic. The whole nine yards. It feels like he's been doing it forever."
The Hawks were leading by nine and controlling the game at both ends when James checked in with 7:12 left in the second quarter.
Atlanta pushed its lead to 57-43 on Bibby's 3-pointer, a basket that drew a loud groan from Cleveland fans. James was the only Cavaliers player doing anything on offense -- he scored 16 points in the final 6:42 -- and connected on pair of 3-pointers in the last 1:20 to keep the Cavs within striking distance, down 12 at halftime.
NOTES: Buffalo Bills star Terrell Owens, in town to celebrate James' birthday along with rappers Fabolous, Akon and others, was booed when he shown on the arena scoreboard. ... James' 13,927 points before turning 25 were more than any player in league history. Carmelo Anthony (10,768) was second followed by Kobe Bryant (10,658) and Tracy McGrady (10,420). James' 3,419 assists were the second-most for a player under 25, bettered only by Isiah Thomas (4,066). ... Cavs C Shaquille O'Neal holds the NBA record for the most points on his birthday. He scored 61 against the Los Angeles Clippers on March 6, 2000.
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