LeBron James commended his 36th birthday celebration on Wednesday, and he did it with an achievement that no one but he could reach.
Confronting the San Antonio Spurs, the Los Angeles Lakers star posted double-digit points for the 1,000th straight game of his career, broadening an NBA-record streak into quadruple digits. James ultimately completed the game with 26 points on 11-of-23 shooting, 8 assists and 5 bounce back.
James sealed the achievement in the second quarter, nailing a turnaround jumper in the paint.
James set the 10-point streak record in March 2018 with 867 games, breaking Michael Jordan’s old streak. The lone other active player in the NBA with a streak longer than 200 games is James Harden with 411, per NBA.com.
In the huge landscape of James’ achievements, barely any achievements summarize his significance more than his 10-point streak. For over 10 years, James has addressed everyone and delivered something on offense, whatever the conditions.
The record is additionally a demonstration of James’ strength. While he has missed a few games over the years, remembering 27 for the 2018-19 season, he has never left a game scoring 10 points, or been kept down enough by a minutes limit.
James’ streak dates right back to Jan. 5, 2007, when he scored just eight points against the Milwaukee Bucks. In the time since, he has scored precisely 10 points three times, per ESPN, yet never lower.
Notwithstanding, this achievement accompanies the significant note that it is just regular-season games. Throughout the streak, James has completed in single digits twice in the playoffs, most recently a seven-point exertion with the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the 2014 Eastern Conference finals against the Indiana Pacers.