It’s a debate which will go on and on – who is the GOAT? Michael Jordan or LeBron James?
Well, James has now equalled one of Jordan’s all-time records with the Clevland Cavaliers’ latest win last night.
Cleveland superstar James matched NBA icon Michael Jordan’s record streak of 866 straight double-digit scoring games Wednesday in leading the Cavaliers to a 118-105 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.
James finished with 41 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Cavs, who bounced back from a dismal defeat in Miami on Tuesday in which they scored just 79 points.
He hit double digits in the second quarter with an alley-oop dunk off a pass from JR Smith.
“Anytime I’m in the same conversation with Mike and other great guys it lets me know I’m doing the right thing,” said James, whose streak began on January 6, 2007.
Jordan put together his streak from 1986-2001.
It was a milestone night for Charlotte’s Kemba Walker as well. With 21 points he surpassed Dell Curry (9,839 points) as the Hornets’ all-time leading scorer.
James said such moments should be savoured — even in a losing effort. But he said records aren’t what drive him.
“My motivation is love of the game,” he said.
James said the Cavs had to bounce back after they were stymied by the Heat.
“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.
Cleveland, who were without Kevin Love after the forward suffered a concussion in Miami, are just half a game ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers for third place in the Eastern Conference.
The 76ers’ 118-101 victory over the New York Knicks was their eighth straight, their longest winning streak since they won nine in a row from February 12 through March 3, 2003.
Dario Saric led Philadelphia with 26 points, 14 rebounds and five assists, but the 76ers saw All-Star Joel Embiid depart in the first half with what the team called a facial contusion after an accidental collision with teammate Markelle Fultz.
The Sixers initial tests didn’t indicate a concussion, but Embiid was hospitalized after the game, posting a brief video of himself there on Instagram captioned “Not Good”.