LeBron ties MJ's double-digit scoring streak

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With his 28-point showing over the first two-plus quarters against the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals, James moved ahead of Jordan for the most points scored in NBA Playoffs history. "And I've been around some great teammates and coaches, and two organizations that have allowed me to be who I am, that's two".

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.

"I wear the number because of Mike", James said of the No. 23 on his uniform when he set the playoff scoring mark. After a sluggish three quarters, Walker scored 11 points in the fourth, including a reverse layup with 20 seconds left to break Curry's mark of 9,839 points.

"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.

"I've stayed available, obviously", James said when asked how the streak was possible.

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The next-longest active streak belongs to James Harden, with 258 games.

For James though, he is simply reminded of how far he has come every time he gets mentioned among the sport's greatest ever players.

Jordan did not comment on James tying his streak. "He's something different. But the one thing that both guys do have in common, they're really driven to win and to be the best". James told The Associated Press earlier this week that he would vote for himself as MVP this season, and there's not a player on Cleveland's roster who would oppose his case. You just never seen anything like LeBron with his size, his speed, his power.

"It's pretty incredible. It's pretty incredible", James said of the recognition. I mean, he's just been phenomenal every game.

Jordan, the Hornets' majority owner, didn't attend Wednesday's game, which ended with the hoop-savvy Charlotte crowd standing to salute and serenade James with chants of "M-V-P!" "It's like watching Michael Jackson on tour".

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