James matches Jordan's double-digit scoring streak

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CLEVELAND superstar LeBron James matched NBA icon Michael Jordan's record streak of 866 straight double-digit scoring games on Wednesday.
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CLEVELAND superstar LeBron James matched NBA icon Michael Jordan’s record streak of 866 straight double-digit scoring games on Wednesday in leading the Cavaliers to a 118-105 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.

James finished with 41 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists for the Cavs, who bounced back from a dismal defeat in Miami on Tuesday in which they scored just 79 points.

He hit double digits in the second quarter with an alley-oop dunk off a pass from JR Smith.

“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.

Jordan put together his streak from 1986-2001.

It was a milestone night for Charlotte’s Kemba Walker as well. With 21 points he surpassed Dell Curry (9,839 points) as the Hornets’ all-time leading scorer.

James said such moments should be savored — even in a losing effort. But he said records aren’t what drive him. “My motivation is love of the game.”

Cleveland, which was without Kevin Love after the forward suffered a concussion in Miami, is just half a game ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers for third place in the Eastern Conference.

The 76ers’ 118-101 victory over the New York Knicks was their eighth straight, their longest winning streak since they won nine in a row from February 12 through March 3, 2003.

Elsewhere, it was: Timberwolves 126, Hawks 114; Celtics 97, Jazz 94; Clippers 111, Suns 99; Lakers 103, Mavericks 93; Grizzlies 108, Trail Blazers 103; and Nets 111, Magic 104


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