LeBron James surpassed Michael Jordan in one measure of scoring consistency Friday night as the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied past the New Orleans Pelicans 107-102
With a two-handed dunk over Solomon Hill in the first quarter, James reached double figures in scoring for the 867th consecutive game, breaking the all-time record set by Jordan.
During a stoppage in play, James was handed the ball and he received a standing ovation from the sellout crowd at Quicken Loans Arena.
The last time James failed to score at least 10 points was on Jan. 5, 2007, when he scored eight points on 3-of-13 shooting against the Milwaukee Bucks. In the time since, he has won three NBA championships, left Cleveland for Miami and returned, and established himself as one of the best players in league history.
Jordan’s streak lasted from March 25, 1986 through Dec. 26, 2001, while playing for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. James tied the mark two nights earlier against the team Jordan owns — the Charlotte Hornets.
To put the streak in context, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is third at 787 games, followed by Karl Malone at 575. Moreover, no active player is within 400 games of James’ streak: James Harden has reached double figures in 259 games, followed by DeMarcus Cousins (162) and Damian Lillard (134).
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Besting Jordan’s double-digit scoring streak wasn’t the only milestone for James on this night. With a free throw in the foutth quarter, James reached 20 points for the 941st in his career, tying former rival Kobe Bryant for third place on the following list of NBA legends:
Most regular-season games with at least 20 points
Player | Games
1. Karl Malone | 1,134 **
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar | 1,122 **
T-3. LeBron James | 941 *
T-3. Kobe Bryant | 941
5. Michael Jordan | 926 **
6. Dirk Nowitzki | 858 *
7. Shaquille O’Neal | 826 **
8. Wilt Chamberlain | 771 **
9. Dominique Wilkins | 756 **
10. Oscar Robertson | 754 **
* = active; ** = Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer