Friday night, LeBron James further etched his name in the GOAT conversation. James drove left past New Orleans Pelicans forward Solomon Hill with approximately 6:01 remaining in the first quarter for a two-handed dunk to notch 11 points in the game. That gave LeBron his 867th consecutive game scoring at least 10 or more points, breaking Michael Jordan’s previous record, which James tied on March 28.
Officials briefly stopped the game and honored James’ accomplishment.
LeBron enters the record books in style, then gets a standing O in Cleveland.— ESPN (@espn) March 31, 2018
867 straight regular season games of 10+ points. 👑 pic.twitter.com/tO9lzuqwlH
“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, but anytime, like, a statistical category comes up and I’m able to accomplish something like that, I mean, it's pretty incredible,” James said, in pregame comments obtained by ESPN. “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.”
James and the Cavs ultimately beat the Pelicans 107-102, as James finished just shy of a triple-double with 27 points, nine rebounds, and 11 assists.