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LeBron James on cusp of 1,000 straight double-digit scoring games


#Check out #LeBron #James’ best dunk from each of his 18 seasons.

#LeBron #James will likely celebrate his 36th birthday by reaching a milestone that no other player has achieved before him and one that will take any player many years to possibly challenge.

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#LeBron enters #Wednesday’s game in #San #Antonio (8:30 ET, NBA #League #Pass) having scored at least 10 points in 999 consecutive regular season games. #If (and when) he reaches double-figure points against the #Spurs, #LeBron will be the first player to have 1,000 straight games with at least 10 points.

#He already owns the longest streak in NBA history — surpassing #Michael #Jordan’s mark of 866 games on #March 30, 2018 — and he continues to extend the record every time he takes the court.

The last time #LeBron failed to score 10 points in a game was on #Jan. 5, 2007, when he had eight points, nine assists and five rebounds as the #Cavs beat the #Bucks. #He has eight single-digit scoring games in his career, with six of them coming in 2003-04 (his rookie season).

#Remember, this streak accounts for regular season games only. #James does have a pair of single-digit playoff games — in 2011 and 2014 when he was on the #Miami #Heat. #Adding those to his regular-season single-digit games total brings #James to 10, which accounts for less than 1% (0.654% to be exact) of his 1,529 career games (regular season and playoffs combined).

#As he has ascended the all-time scoring lists in the regular season (#No. 3) and playoffs (#No. 1), it is #James’ scoring consistency that separates him from other NBA greats past and present. #This looming 1,000-game streak of double-digit scoring is the latest example of that consistency.

#LeBron averaged 25.3 ppg last season, which was 12th in the NBA and second on the #Lakers to #Anthony #Davis (26.1 ppg, 10th in NBA). #It took until his 17th season for #LeBron to not be his team’s leading scorer in a given season. #What he did instead was lead the league in assists for the first time in his career (with a career-best 10.2 apg).

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#While his team-scoring-leader streak was snapped, he did extend another remarkable streak as he averaged more than 25 ppg for the 16th consecutive season. #After averaging 20.9 ppg as a rookie, #LeBron has never averaged fewer than 25 ppg in a season. #That is the longest streak in league history by a wide margin. The next closest players are #Hall of #Famers #Karl #Malone and #Michael #Jordan with 11 straight seasons (and that’s if we include #Jordan’s 1994-95 comeback season when he played only 17 games).

#LeBron is not the pure scorer that #Jordan was during his prime. #Jordan won a record 10 scoring titles, while #LeBron has one. #Jordan also has the highest scoring average in league history at 30.1 ppg, while #LeBron’s 27.1 career ppg ranks fourth. #But when it comes to longevity and consistency, #LeBron holds the advantage over any of the all-time greats.

#Looking spry as he begins his 18th season, there’s no indication his double-digit scoring streak will end anytime soon. #How far can he push it and how long will it take for anyone to have a realistic shot at challenging his mark?

#Since the 1983-84 season, there have only been nine streaks of at least 300 straight double-digit scoring performances. #That list includes only two active streaks — #LeBron at 999 and #James #Harden at 411.

#When we look at active streaks, there are only six players who exceed 75 consecutive double-digit scoring games entering #Wednesday’s games. #After #Harden, the next longest active streak belongs to #Kevin #Durant (152 games), followed by #Kawhi #Leonard (125), #Karl-Anthony #Towns (113) and #Bradley #Beal (109). #Add those five together (910) and it would still not be enough to match #LeBron’s streak.

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#Among the players with the longest active streaks, #Harden likely has the best chance to challenge #LeBron. #Harden is the league’s preeminent scorer, having led the league in scoring in each of the past three seasons.

#However, he trails #LeBron by 588 games — the equivalent of more than seven full 82-game seasons. #Plus, #LeBron isn’t stopping at 1,000 games. #That means this mark will keep rising, making it all the more difficult for anyone to challenge.



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