LeBron James should have been happy Wednesday night. The Cavaliers star scored 26 points against the Celtics, making the youngest player in NBA history to reach the 10,000-point plateau.
But as the CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER points out, James wasn’t so jovial, as his team eventually lost to Boston, 92-87. LeBron lamented, “I did it in a losing effort, I don’t like that. That’s not what it’s about.”
He also wasn’t so chipper about spraining his right ankle in the 2nd quarter, although #23 was back on the court by the start of the 3rd. And LeBron wasn’t the only one in a foul mood.
Cavs coach Mike Brown got the first ejection of his career, when he was tossed near the end of the 3rd quarter. Brown was sent off for arguing about some non-calls against James and Anderson Varejao.
Even if LeBron felt lousy about the loss, coach Brown was more merry about his player’s milestone: “That’s terrific. I’m happy for him. When he done, there’s going to be many more than 10,000.”
Despite the defeat, LeBron was able to find a little comfort about his record-setting evening:
“To be in the record books in the biggest league in the world, the hard work I put in, to be the youngest guy to do that is a tribute to my game, my teammates, myself, my family. I think they should all feel good about it.”
So should the fans at TD Banknorth Garden. They got to see both history being made and the Celtics grabbing yet another win.