Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James matched one of National Basketball Association icon Michael Jordan's more impressive feats Wednesday as he scored in double figures for the 866th consecutive game.
"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.
He hit double digits in the second quarter with an alley-oop dunk off a pass from JR Smith.
"It means a lot for me, and it means more to the youth that kind of needs hope", added James.
Jordan put together his streak from 1986-2001. "I haven't played every game, but for the most part I've played over 70 percent of my games throughout that journey, and just going out and just trying to be productive".
Prior to the game, Cleveland's acting head coach Larry Drew called it a "phenomenal" feat.
LeBron told reporters during shootaround on Friday that eclipsing Jordan's mark would be "incredible", though he acknowledged the specificity of the record.
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James can envision a day when his record is toppled.
"I've stayed available, obviously", James said following a 41-point, 10-rebound, 8-assist performance in a win over the Hornets.
"Any time I'm in the same group as the greats of this game, that's very humbling knowing where I come from", James told ESPN's Adam Schefter after the game.
"Miami did a great job of pushing us out of our comfort zone and we wanted to come in here tonight and try to get that back, and we did that", said James.
However, James already had passed Jordan as the league's all-time leading playoff scorer last spring.
James scored 11 points at the 6:00 mark of the first quarter.
When the buzzer sounded, James congratulated Walker, who has voiced frustration at missing the playoffs yet again. "When you done with the game, those are the moments right there where you wish you had it back, and obviously you'll never be able to get it back, but you never take that for granted, especially being on the road".