James soars in tying MJ streak; Cavs cruise
LeBron James only needed 10 points to tie Michael Jordan's streak of consecutive double-digit scoring games.
He got 41.
To be more precise, his final numbers from the Cavaliers' impressive 118-105 at Charlotte on Wednesday? Try 41 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. The point total matched Jordan at 866 consecutive games of hitting double figures.
That's just the way James operates. He doesn't just reach milestones -- he dazzles along the way. He hammers the point home.
After all, he tied Jordan with his 10th point of the night off a lob pass from J.R. Smith, a pass that was finished with a James dunk.
Basically, when it comes to this or any era, LeBron is considered among the all-time greats for a reason.
You can probably expect him to surpass MJ in the Cavs' very next game -- Friday at home against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Of course, this all happened against the team Jordan owns, a team that had entered the night having won four straight. The Cavs, on the other hand, were coming off a clunker at Miami on Tuesday. They were also missing their second-best player in Kevin Love (concussion protocol) and their primary sharpshooter in Kyle Korver (bereavement leave).
But James made this one look easy, the Cavs once building a lead that stretched to 20 points.
In the event all that weren't enough, James also passed legendary big man Kevin Garnett for 17th place in the all-time steals category (1,859 for his career).
Fittingly, James received a standing ovation from the Charlotte crowd for painting a pro basketball picture of near perfection. Hornets fans get to see greatness every time Jordan walks in the building. But he doesn't take the court these days.
It's a good thing the league has LeBron to give today's fans a taste of what watching Jordan must have been like.