After tying Michael Jordan for most consecutive double-digit scoring games this week, LeBron James surpassed the G.O.A.T. on Friday night (March 30).
The Cleveland Cavs stars rached the mark in the first quarter for the 867th straight time in his team’s 107-102 win against the New Orleans Pelicans.
There was a brief stoppage in play, as everyone at sold-out Quicken Loans Arena — including Justin Timberlake — stood and applauded as James was handed the game ball.
“It will probably go in my trophy case with a lot of accomplishments in my life,” James said of the memento. “That’s a good moment, a special moment not only for myself but for my family and for so many kids that look up to me for inspiration, to know that you can actually go out there and do it. …
“[You] know, where I’ve come from, brought up 30 minutes south of here, and the statistics is always stacked up against you, and for me to be in this position today, being able to accomplish something that a lot of people thought would not happen again or be able to break a record like that. It means a lot for me, and it means more to the youth that kind of needs hope.”
The double-digit scoring streak has been going since Jan. 5, 2007, the last time James didn’t score at least 10 points in a game. That evening, he had just eight points on 3-for-13 shooting in a Cavs win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Jordan’s streak lasted from March 1986 until December 2001.
Behind James and Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is third on the double-digit streak list (787 games). And, among active players, James Harden is second behind James (257) and DeMarcus Cousins is third (162), according to ESPN Stats & Information.