The 33-year-old James matched Michael Jordan's streak of 866 consecutive double-digit scoring games on Wednesday night, scoring 41 points to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Jordan-owned Charlotte Hornets 118-105 and remain in third place in the Eastern Conference. He had eight points and shot a nauseating 3-of-13 from the floor.
Jordan's streak spanned from March 25, 1986, during his second season in the league, to December 26, 2001, which was 26 games into his first season with the Washington Wizards after spending the previous three years in retirement.
Kemba Walker finished with 21 points and passed Dell Curry (9,839 points) as the Hornets' all-time leading scorer.
James, widely regarded as the best player of his generation, is now No. 7 on the list of all-time points leaders in the National Basketball Association behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain and Dirk Nowitzki.
"I wear the number because of Mike", James said of the No. 23 on his uniform when he set the playoff scoring mark.
"I think records are always meant to be broken", he said.
"There are going to be more records down the road he'll be breaking if he continues at this pace, if he continues to stay healthy and he continues to produce the numbers that he's been producing", Drew said. "I think it's been like 11 years that I've been able to accomplish this feat so I've been able to take care of my body, that's one, and I've been around some great teammates and coaches and two organizations that have allowed me to be who I am, so that's two, and just going out and playing for the joy of the game". James surpassed Jordan with a dunk in the first quarter.
James came into Wednesday's game ranked No. 7 on the all-time scoring list with 30,814 points, needing 1,479 points to pass Jordan at No. 4 (32,292).
One of the few coaches who worked with Jordan and James, Cavaliers assistant Larry Drew was asked to compare the two hardwood heroes.
Then there was Jordan, whose blend of passion, skill and artistry made an indelible impression on a young James. You just never seen anything like LeBron with his size, his speed, his power.
"Everywhere we go he gets a standing ovation", Smith said.