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LeBron, Wade congratulate Durant on 20,000 career points

LeBron, Wade congratulate Durant on 20,000 career points

The Warriors' win streak over the Clippers finally came to an end Wednesday night at Oracle Arena in a 126-106 loss, but fans still witnessed history in Oakland. 

With 40 points in the defeat, Kevin Durant now has 20,015 career points. He needed 25 points to become the 44th member in the 20,000-points club and did so all in the first half. 

At 29 years and 103 days, Durant is the second youngest player in NBA history to reach 20,000 points behind only LeBron James, who accomplished the feat at 28 years and 17 days. Kobe Bryant at 29 years and 122 days was previously the second fastest to accomplish the feat.

Teammates Klay Thompson and Zaza Pachulia went to Twitter to congratulate Durant after the game. 

At halftime, an injured Steph Curry greeted Durant and showed Durant some love while embarassing him all at once in a hilarious video. 

The NBA is a family and even rivals came to congratulate Durant. Both LeBron James and Dwyane Wade of the Cavs tweeted to Durant for joining rare company. 

James (29,874) is seventh all-time in career points and Wade (21,734) is currently at No. 33. 

Next in line for Durant to pass is a former Warriors great. Durant is just 29 points away from passing Antawn Jamison (20,042) for 43rd on the NBA's all-time scoring list. 

Cavs make another change, move JR Smith to bench in favor of Dwyane Wade


Cavs make another change, move JR Smith to bench in favor of Dwyane Wade

CLEVELAND -- Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are starting together again.

Cavaliers coach Tryonn Lue announced Monday that Wade will start at shooting guard alongside Derrick Rose in Cleveland's remodeled backcourt. Wade recently signed as a free agent with the Cavs, reuniting with James in Cleveland after the two stars spent four seasons together in Miami. He replaces J.R. Smith, who will come off the bench after starting 112 games over the past two seasons.

Lue said Smith "is fine" with the decision.

Wade and Rose will be joined in Cleveland's starting lineup by James, Jae Crowder and Kevin Love, who has moved from power forward to center.

Lue opened training camp with Wade as the point guard for Cleveland's second unit. But the coach said he decided in the past few days to have the 35-year-old in the starting lineup along with James.

Warriors GM Bob Myers: 'We didn't set out to create a Super Team'


Warriors GM Bob Myers: 'We didn't set out to create a Super Team'

The phrase "Super Team" is rolled out left and right in the NBA and the current lead example is the defending champion Golden State Warriors. 

"We didn't set out to create a Super Team," Warriors GM Bob Myers said Tuesday night on NBA TV. "Five years ago, we were looking up at Miami, the Lakers, Spurs or whoever. You don't quit. What can you do? You try to do it the best you can and compete and build and hopefully every decision you make makes you incrementally better, whether it's five perent, 10." 

After defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder in seven games in the Western Conference Finals in the 2015-16 season, and then losing in seven games of the NBA Finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Warriors signed Thunder star Kevin Durant. Many deemed the Warriors to be unfair as the NBA's next Super Team adding Durant to the likes of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, etc. 

But the Warriors drafted Curry, Thompson and Green, and Myers knows that's where the process to greatness truly starts. 

"For us, it was I inherited Steph Curry from when I showed up," Myers continued. "You draft Klay Thompson, you say, 'Well that makes us a little better.' You make a trade that makes us a little better. We got fortunate that Iguodala wanted to come on board. Now we're a little better. You grab a couple vets. You put yourself in position in the draft and get lucky and get a Draymond Green. And then Durant was completely unexpected."

Myers won't comment on if Super Teams are good or bad for the NBA, but he knows firsthand that they don't happen overnight and every front office is out looking to do the same thing eventually. 

"Whether it's good or bad, I don't know," Myers said. "I think all of us understand the moves we make four years ago, five years ago, three years ago, lead to now. When LeBron and Bosh came (to Miami), it's because they drafted Wade and he was so good and won a championship. He loved that culture so much that he went out to LeBron and Bosh and said, 'C'mon man, this is the place to come.' 

"So the decision to draft Dwyane Wade was the pivotal decision. ...The decisions we make years prior, lead us to where we are today. Somebody's making decisions right now that are going to be impactful three, four years from now and that person's gonna be sitting here."