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LeBron James NBA Milestone a Testament to Both Greatness and Consistency

Miami Heat forward LeBron James became just the fifth player in NBA history to score at least 10 points in 500 consecutive games.

LeBron James NBA Milestone a Testament to Both Greatness and Consistency
LeBron James joins an exclusive list in reaching an impressive milestone. Photo courtesy Keith Allison via Creative Commons license.

The Miami Heat have struggled a bit to start the 2013-2014 season in defense of their back-to-back NBA titles. But on Tuesday night, the Heat, as well as all those in attendance and viewing on TV, had a chance to witness history.

Superstar LeBron James recorded a putback dunk with 2:31 left in the first quarter in the Heat game against the Toronto Raptors.

The bucket gave James 10 points, marking the 500th game in a row that he had achieved that feat.

The feat is indeed remarkable, and James is now in excellent company.

Player

Consecutive Games

Michael Jordan

866

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

787

Karl Malone

575

Moses Malone

526

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

508

LeBron James

500

 

If James continues on his streak for the rest of the 2013-2014 season, he’ll climb all the way to third on the all-time list. But he’ll still have to score in double digits in each game for three-plus seasons to catch Jordan on the list.

What’s also remarkable about what James has achieved is the fact that in 162 of the 500 games, he has reached the double-digit mark in the first quarter.

James was clearly humbled by the exclusive company he’s keeping with his newest achievement.

"When I see a stat like that, I'm like 'Wow,' because I know the history of the game, I know the guys who paved the way for myself and my teammates," James said. "To be in such a great class like that, it's an amazing feeling."

James finished with 35 points on the night as the Heat beat the Raptors 104-95 to improve to 3-2 on the young season.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was certainly cognizant of James’ achievement.

"That's not something that any average player can do," Spoelstra said. "Part of his greatness is consistency. Night in, night out, you know what to expect."

James’ streak began back on Jan. 6, 2007 when he was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Since the streak started, James has collected four NBA MVP awards, two NBA titles, two NBA Finals MVP awards and two Olympic gold medals.

Spoelstra told Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that James’ greatness is a sight to behold.

"I don't want to ever take it for granted, his greatness," Spoelstra said. "I don't want to get to a point where that's normal, because he is not a normal player."

James himself said that he didn’t know he was approaching the milestone.

"I had no idea,” James said. “That is pretty cool when you put it that way, it lets me know that I have been healthy and I have been able to go out on the court and do what I need to do to help the team win."

What’s truly remarkable about the feat itself isn’t just the fact that it helps to validate the assertion that James is one of the all-time greats in NBA history. It speaks volumes about what Spoelstra brought up—his overall consistency.

Throughout his entire career which includes the playoffs, James has failed to score at least 10 points in only nine of 907 career games. That is consistency at its finest.

James proves night in and night out that he’s there to give his best every game, and with the Heat he has learned not only to provide solid production in the way of points, he also delivers with defense, assists, rebounds and ball movement.

James truly has become a complete player, and his latest achievement is a testament not only to his greatness, but to his durability, consistency and selflessness as well. 

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