LeBron James is on the verge of breaking another record Friday night as the Cavaliers take on the New Orleans Pelicans.
Back in 2001, Michael Jordan set a record of scoring 10 or more points in 866 consecutive regular season games. On Wednesday night, in Charlotte of all places, James tied that record and could break it tonight.
The last time James scored under 10 points was on Jan. 5, 2007 during his first stint with the Cavs, when he scored just eight points against the Milwaukee Bucks on the road.
Over the 11 years following that game, James’ consistency has been on full display. For James, it is hard to put in perspective what this accomplishment means.
“I don’t know,” he said after Cavaliers shootaround on Friday morning. “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 and whatnot. But anytime like a statistical category comes up and I’m able to accomplish something like that, I mean it’s pretty incredible.
“I think 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. So to be able to tie Mike the last game and have an opportunity set the record tonight is a pretty cool achievement.”
But as a student of the game, James said he won’t be surprised if that record is one day broken. Closest behind James on that active list is Houston’s James Harden with 257 straight games of 10 or more points, per Basketball Reference.
“I think records are always meant to be broken,” he said. “At the end of the day I think a lot of people didn’t believe that Mike’s record would ever be broken, so who am I to say that mine won’t be, if I’m able to accomplish this tonight? So we’ll see.”
The Cavs and Pelicans tip off tonight at 8.