'Melo scored just 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting, had exactly zero assists and registered a minus-7. "Every time you do something like this, I always try to get in the studio and make the song that will go with the moment, so I'm excited to go to work tonight".
It also puts him in very exclusive company. "He's learning how to play the game and doing a fine job".
James' 30,000 points leaves him #7 on the all-time NBA scoring ranking. The total is set at 209 points. Sacramento, which entered the game with the worst record in the NBA, rested Zach Randolph and George Hill.
Cleveland remain third in the Eastern Conference standings so are firmly in the playoff picture.
Scoring doesn't define James, but in his 15th season, he has established himself as one of the game's greatest scorers. Bryant was 34 years and 104 days old when he reached the mark, reported AFP.
San Antonio point guard Dejounte Murray - friend and mentee of James - had 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals in his second start since replacing a healthy Tony Parker.
The Cavs have been in the news for reasons other than their good play as of late, including a team meeting where it's been alleged that players - including newcomer Isaiah Thomas - pointed fingers at Kevin Love as the cause of some of their recent issues.
However, the only negative part of the night was that the outcome for the Cavs.
With that scoring milestone passed, few would bet against James ultimately finishing his career as the NBA's all-time leading scorer and overtaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the current points leader with 38,387.
"Congrats #KingJames. Welcome to the club!" The airing of grievances eventually focused on the team's poor play, which included a 148-124 loss to the Thunder on Saturday.
In 2016, the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers were in the final round of playoffs.
"There's so many people to thank who has help this even become possible (so thank them all)", the post continued.
After much success in Miami, James announced on July 2014 he was returning to Cleveland and two years later he delivered a championship, ending the city's 52-year title drought.
Bryant, Nowitzki, and current Cavaliers players greeted James on their social media accounts.