LeBron James has already secured his standing as one of the greatest basketball players to ever step on an NBA court, but he added another accolade under his belt on Friday night in the Cavaliers’ matchup against the Pelicans on Friday.
James scored 11 points at the 6:00 mark of the first quarter. In doing so, he eclipsed Michael Jordan’s NBA record of 866 consecutive double-digit scoring games.
LeBron told reporters during shootaround on Friday that eclipsing Jordan’s mark would be “incredible,” though he acknowledged the specificity of the record.
“I don’t know. It’s not like I set out to say I wanna become No. 1 in scoring 10-plus points, double digits for consecutive games or whatever and whatnot,” he said. “But any time a statistical category comes up and I’m able to accomplish something like that, I mean it’s pretty incredible. You look at it, I think it’s been like 11 years that I’ve been able to accomplish this feat.”
He then went into how he was able to get to this point in his career:
“I was able to take care of my body, that’s one,” he said. “And I’ve been around some great teammates and coaches, and two organizations that have allowed me to be who I am, that’s two. And then I’m just going out and playing for the joy of the game. So to be able to tie Mike last game and have an opportunity to set the record tonight. It’s a pretty cool achievement.”