LeBron James becomes fifth player to score 10+ points in 500 straight games
Scoring a season-high 35 points, LeBron James led his Chris Bosh-less Miami Heat teammates to a 104-95 win over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday. In doing so, LeBron became only the fifth player in NBA history to score in double digits in 500 consecutive games.
After a putback dunk in the first quarter, James joined Michael Jordan (866 games) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (streaks of both 787 and 508 games), Karl Malone (575 games) and Moses Malone (526 games) as the only players to score 10 or more points in 500 straight games, an unbelievably impressive statistical feat, and considering James is only 29 years old, odds are he’ll continue to move right up that list, perhaps even surpassing Jordan before it is all said and done.
“When I see a stat like that, I’m like ‘Wow,’ because I know the history of the game, I know the guys who paved the way for myself and my teammates,” James said, according to an AP report. “To be in such a great class like that, it’s an amazing feeling.”
James’ streak began on Jan. 6, 2007, still a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, when he scored 19 points against the then-New Jersey Nets after being held to only 8 points the night before against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Tim McGarry of USA TODAY Sports put together the following graphics that illustrates quite clearly why LeBron deserves inclusion among the all-time NBA greats (via For the Win):
Compelling stuff. And LeBron shows no signs of slowing down. Think about that for a moment.