NBA 2K: LeBron joins Mailman, MJ in elite company

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Even though he's still at the height of his powers and several seasons from wrapping up a spectacular NBA career, LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers is already walking the hallways with all-time greats.

He added yet another to his plethora of career accomplishments Sunday by becoming only the third player in league history to score 2,000 or more points in 10 seasons.

A third-quarter free throw allowed James to reach the mark, where he joined Karl Malone (12) and Michael Jordan (11) in the very exclusive club. This season is the first James has reached the 2,000-point plateau since the 2013-14, his final season as a Miami Heat.

James, 33, in his 15th season, had 37 points, 10 rebounds and eight dimes in the Cavaliers' 121-114 victory over the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center.

"How do I feel? I feel great," James said through a big smile after the game.

James had three dunks in the game, including one in the second-quarter that had the home crowd on its feet. He posterized former Cavs teammate Joe Harris, who said he should've known better, on the play.

“I should have just gotten out of the way,” Harris said with a laugh afterward.

James' wingman, Kevin Love, who posted 20 points, 15 boards and four assists in 33 minutes Sunday, marveled at what James did and does on an every-game basis.

"It's just who he is," Love said. "His makeup is to just go out there and make the right play. Play excellent basketball. He always is trying to get us involved while he asserts his dominance on the offensive end -- whether that's scoring the basketball, getting the extra possession on the offensive glass or always being a distributor, so he's special."

Love reacted to James' posterization of Harris by leaving the bench and chest bumping (on his side) the stanchion that held up the Cavs' basket as his teammates who remained on the bench went crazy.

"I wasn't out there for the Portland game when Bron had the dunk over Jusuf Nurkic (in Portland), but I was out there today," Love said. "I was just having fun with it. Fun to see, love that type of play."

Cavaliers acting coach Larry Drew offered much of the same praise of James.

"Well, I mean, you just look at the stat sheet," he said when asked to "make a case" for James as NBA MVP. "It's just not about points. It's what he's doing on the boards, it's what he's doing from an assists standpoint.

"He's just a force. He's a force, and he has put up MVP numbers without a doubt."