NBA Friday Recap: LeBron James Sets Another Record

NBA Friday Recap: LeBron James Sets Another Record

There was a brief stoppage in play, as everyone at sold-out Quicken Loans Arena - including Justin Timberlake - stood and applauded as James was handed the game ball.

"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. Jordan's streak lasted from March 22, 1986, when he scored eight points for the Chicago Bulls in a loss to the Cavs, until December 27, 2001, when he scored six points as a 38-year-old for the Washington Wizards in a game against the Indiana Pacers. The bucket made it 21-15 and gave LeBron 11 points in the game.

With his 28-point showing over the first two-plus quarters against the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals, James moved ahead of Jordan for the most points scored in NBA Playoffs history.

LeBron James finished with 27 points as the Cavs avoided dropping in the standings with a 107-102 win over the Pelicans.

James scored 11 points at the 6:00 mark of the first quarter.

The last time James failed to score at least 10 points was on January 5, 2007, when he scored eight points on 3-of-13 shooting against the Milwaukee Bucks.

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"I think records are always meant to be broken", James said. "The body of work, how I'm doing it, what's been happening with our team all year long, how we've got so many injuries & things of that nature, guys in & out, to be able to still keep this thing afloat, I definitely would vote me".

No active player is within 600 games of James' streak: James Harden has reached double figures in 257 games, followed by DeMarcus Cousins (162) and Damian Lillard (133).

"My love for the game... it's my motivation", James said.

James entered Friday's game against New Orleans sharing the mark with Jordan, one of his boyhood heroes.

However, James already had passed Jordan as the league's all-time leading playoff scorer last spring.

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