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.
James was given a standing ovation when he was presented the game ball during a short stoppage in play at a sold-out Quicken Loans Arena after scoring at least 10 points in 867 career games in a row.
Jordan set his streak from 1986-2001.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives past Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba walker (15) during the first half at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte.
"Becoming a franchise's all-time leading scorer is a big accomplishment and it's a testament to his hard work, dedication and passion for the game of basketball", Jordan said.
James' numbers back up his claim, as he is now leading the league in minutes and among the top three in both points and assists despite a continually changing roster surrounding him. It's just another feat for me to be appreciative and humbled by what I've been able to do.
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"I think records are always meant to be broken", James said.
He added, "If you look at it I think it has been 11 years I have been able to accomplish this feat".
James has scored 6,163 points in postseason play, and will get a chance to build upon that total when the NBA Playoffs get underway in two weeks.
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). Among current players, Houston's James Harden has done it in 257 games _ 410 behind James.
"Well, I tell you, LeBron has been healthy, and he continues to be healthy", Cavs acting coach Larry Drew said when asked about James' impending record before the game.
Then there was Jordan, whose blend of passion, skill and artistry made an indelible impression on a young James. "It's like watching Michael Jackson on tour".