All James has to do against the Pelicans is do the same thing he’s done in every game he’s played since January 5, 2007, and he enters the Joe DiMaggio 56-game-hitting streak realm of records that aren’t coming down.
LeBron James has tied one of Michael Jordan’s most impressive records with his 866th consecutive game with at least 10 points. With rumors that Wade may be considering retirement at the end of this season, he may one day be able to tell his grandkids that he broke even with one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
Wade’s step-back jumper with just over 17 seconds left in the third was the shot that sealed the deal, and Miami coasted in the fourth to a critical win as they attempt to make one last push in the conference standings.
The next closest active player to James is Houston’s James Harden, with 257 consecutive games.
Walker needed 20 points to pass Curry – the father of Warriors star Stephen Curry – and scored 11 in the final quarter, when the Cavs were in control. “If I can do it, anybody can”.
Cleveland has struggled at times this season, and it is now third in the Eastern Conference with a record of 45-30.
James congratulated an emotional Walker at midcourt and praised him after the game.
While James Harden is the current front-runner to take home MVP, James was clear that he believed he was worthy of the honor this year, saying “I would vote for me”. I definitely went over and just told him how incredible that was. “So I didn’t think I could be Mike”. “He exemplifies what it means to be a Hornet”.
However, James already had passed Jordan as the league’s all-time leading playoff scorer last spring. He finished a two-handed alley-oop dunk in the second quarter for his ninth and tenth points of the game, matching Jordan’s longest streak of all-time record, according to ESPN Stats and Info.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love has entered the NBA’s concussion protocol after being elbowed in the face.
Jordan previously scored 54 points in the season opener against the Cavs, but he took his game to another level on this night. Love returned to start the second quarter, then was ruled out after being evaluated again at halftime.
Charlotte’s Kemba Walker also made history on Wednesday night – albeit in a losing effort.
Prior to the game, Cleveland’s acting head coach Larry Drew called it a “phenomenal” feat. “He’s the only person wherever we go, probably other than Golden State, where fans actually (cheer) him”.