LeBron James passes Michael Jordan with his 867th straight double-digit game

<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/teams/cle" data-ylk="slk:Cleveland Cavaliers">Cleveland Cavaliers</a>’ <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/players/3704/" data-ylk="slk:LeBron James">LeBron James</a> celebrates during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/teams/nor" data-ylk="slk:New Orleans Pelicans">New Orleans Pelicans</a> in Cleveland, Friday, March 30, 2018. James broke <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/ncaaf/players/263612/" data-ylk="slk:Michael Jordan">Michael Jordan</a>’s NBA record by scoring at least 10 points in his 867th straight regular-season game. (AP Photo/Phil Long)
Cleveland CavaliersLeBron James celebrates during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in Cleveland, Friday, March 30, 2018. James broke Michael Jordan’s NBA record by scoring at least 10 points in his 867th straight regular-season game. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

LeBron James dropped 27 points on Friday night, leading the Cavaliers to a 107-102 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

The win, though, isn’t what made headlines. It’s what James did — and has done now for 867-straight games — that was important.

James broke Michael Jordan’s NBA record on Friday by scoring at least 10 points in his 867th straight regular-season game. James surpassed the mark midway through the first quarter, and was quickly given a standing ovation from the Quicken Loans Arena crowd.



”It’s not like I set out to say that I want to be the No. 1 in scoring 10 points, double digits or consecutive games or whatever that and whatnot,” James said. ”But any time like a statistical category comes up and I’m able to accomplish something like that, I mean it’s pretty incredible. It’s been like 11 years that I’ve been able to accomplish this feat so I’ve been able to take care of my body, that’s one, and I’ve been around some great teammates and coaches and two organizations that have allowed me to be who I am, so that’s two.

”And just going out and playing for the joy of the game.”

The last time James failed to score more than 10 points was on Jan. 5, 2007 against the Milwaukee Bucks. For comparison, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — who is the NBA’s current scoring leader — scored more than 10 points in 787-straight games. Houston’s James Harden is the closest current player with the same streak, having done it in 257-straight games.

And with James not showing signs of slowing down anytime soon, it seems the 33-year-old’s streak will live on for quite a while.

Though even he expects this record, and any other record he currently has or will get in his career, to be broken at some point.

”I think records are always meant to be broken,” James said. ”At the end of the day I think a lot of people didn’t believe Mike’s record would ever be broken, so who am I to say that mine won’t be?”

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