LeBron 'appreciative, humbled' in moving on cusp of passing Jordan's scoring mark

LeBron matches Jordan as Cavaliers down the Hornets

LeBron James is the NBA's new all-time leader in consecutive regular games scoring at least 10 points, reaching double figures for the 867th consecutive contest against the New Orleans Pelicans. He had eight points and shot a nauseating 3-of-13 from the floor. 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.

James matched Jordan's 17-year-old mark Wednesday night against the Jordan-owned Charlotte Hornets when he scored on a powerful alley-oop dunk on a pass from J.R. Smith in the second quarter.

He is currently seventh in the NBA's leading scorers of all-time and is now 1,410 behind Jordan on the list.

James's effort propelled the Cavs to a bounce-back win after a disappointing defeat to the Heat in Miami on Tuesday - when they produced a season-low 79 points.

James has scored 10 or more points in 99.3 percent of his career games, the highest percentage in National Basketball Association history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau research. He finished with 41 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists for the game.

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"Any time 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.

"[You] know, where I've come from, brought up 30 minutes south of here, and the statistics is always stacked up against you, and for me to be in this position today, being able to accomplish something that a lot of people thought would not happen again or be able to break a record like that". And then I'm just going out and playing for the joy of the game.

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

Drew also touted James' case to win a fifth career MVP this season, which would tie him with Jordan for the second-most all time. "But moments like this, you can never take for granted no matter what's going on".

"Everywhere we go he gets a standing ovation", Smith said.

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