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LeBron matches Jordan as Cavaliers down the Hornets

02 April 2018

James, a model of consistency since entering the National Basketball Association in 2003, has now scored in double-digits in 867 successive regular season games.

James matched Jordan's 17-year-old mark Wednesday night against the Jordan-owned Charlotte Hornets when he scored on a powerful alley-oop dunk on a pass from J.R. Smith in the second quarter.

During a stoppage in play, the Cavs recognized James in the arena and he was awarded the game ball, which he handed to the team's head of security.

"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", James said.

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James's effort propelled the Cavs to a bounce-back win after a disappointing defeat to the Heat in Miami on Tuesday - when they produced a season-low 79 points.

Jordan's streak spanned from March 25, 1986, during his second season in the league, to December 26, 2001, which was 26 games into his first season with the Washington Wizards after spending the previous three years in retirement.

James entered Friday's game against New Orleans sharing the mark with Jordan, one of his boyhood heroes. In his 15th season, James is leading the league in minutes and top-three in both points and assists per game.

James last failed to score in double digits on January 5, 2007, against Milwaukee.

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Jordan never finished a playoff game with fewer than 10 points.

He added, "If you look at it I think it has been 11 years I have been able to accomplish this feat".

"My motivation is love of the game", he said. With 21 points he surpassed Dell Curry (9,839 points) as the Hornets' all-time leading scorer. Among current players, James Harden is second to James with 257 games, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

James has scored 6,163 points in postseason play, and will get a chance to build upon that total when the NBA Playoffs get underway in two weeks.

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"I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike, just because of what he was able to accomplish", James said past year after breaking Jordan's playoff scoring record.

LeBron matches Jordan as Cavaliers down the Hornets