With 22 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals against the Orlando Magic Saturday night, LeBron James extended his streak to 500 consecutive games with double-digit points, tying Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for fifth all-time in terms of consecutive games with at least 10 points scored.
James is just the fifth player in NBA history to accomplish such a streak. The other record holder are:
- Michael Jordan (866 consecutive games)
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (787 consecutive games)
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (508 consecutive games)
- Karl Malone (575 consecutive games)
- Moses Malone (526 consecutive games)
- LeBron James (500 consecutive games)
”I’m at a loss for words,” James said in a televised postgame interview. ”Like I say over and over, I know the history of the game. I know how many unbelievable players who came through the ranks, who paved the way for me and my teammates. And for me to be in the record books by myself with such a stat – any stat – it’s big-time.”
This kind of record really shows how consistent James has been throughout his career, something Miami Heat fans may sometimes take for granted. I know I do.
Looking forward, James could tie Moses Malone’s 526 mark on Friday, Jan. 17 in Philadelphia. If James goes the remainder of the season with 10+ points in each game, he would sit at 569 games going into the playoffs.