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LeBron James becomes fifth player in history to score in double figures for 500 consecutive games

Nov 5, 2013, 8:27 PM EDT

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On the surface, scoring in double figures isn’t something that would seem like much of a challenge for the game’s most dominant offensive players.

But doing so night in and night out for the equivalent of more than six seasons worth of games consecutively is apparently something that’s extremely rare among even the greatest of NBA players.

LeBron James reached yet another statistical milestone on Tuesday by accomplishing something only four players in the history of the game had done before him, and that’s scoring at least 10 points in 500 straight regular season games.

From the Associated Press:

A four-time MVP, James joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (with streaks of 787 and 508 games), Michael Jordan (866), Karl Malone (575) and Moses Malone (526) as the only players to accomplish the feat.

James has reached double figures in every game since scoring eight points at Milwaukee on Jan. 5, 2007. He scored 19 at New Jersey the following night.

James has more regular-season games of scoring at least 50 points (nine) than nights where he’s scored less than 10 (eight).

That’s extremely rarified air, obviously, and it’s just one more reason why James is already worthy of being mentioned as being one of the all-time greats.

  1. detectivejimmymcnulty - Nov 5, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Wow that’s amazing. I was surprised Kobe hasn’t done that and even more surprised Kareem did it twice.

    • antistratfordian - Nov 6, 2013 at 7:03 PM

      “For those wondering, Bryant’s longest streak is 211 games, which stretched from 2001-02 to 2004-05. Anthony? His longest run is 222 games from 2006-07 to 2008-09. And Wade? Try 148 games from 2008-09 to 2010-11. So James’ longest streak is more than Anthony and Bryant’s combined.”

      -Tom Haberstroh, ESPN

      • belleby123 - Nov 7, 2013 at 2:29 PM

        Yes, LeBron is far less injury prone than Kobe and Melo.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 7, 2013 at 3:59 PM

        Sure, there’s that, but Kobe scoring 4 points against Phoenix last year didn’t have anything to do with injury.

      • belleby123 - Nov 8, 2013 at 7:47 AM

        Yeah, like LeBron scoring 8 points in the postseason and being included on the list anyway. Come on, man.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 8, 2013 at 5:31 PM

        Kareem have 3 different games of single digit scoring in the postseason during his streak. Moses Malone had 2 games of single digit scoring in the postseason during his streak. LeBron only has 1, at least. So chill, brosef.

        (Kobe has 2 games of single-digit scoring in the playoffs as a starter.)

      • belleby123 - Nov 9, 2013 at 7:39 AM

        I think I read that Larry Bird had 89 triple doubles for the Celtics. How many decades do you think it will take LeBron to do that, seeing as how you’re so impressed with his assist numbers? I would recommend that you be the one to chill, dude ski.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:02 PM

        Well if LeBron played at the pace of the early 80’s he’d probably have more than 89 by now.

      • belleby123 - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:10 PM

        What the hell does that mean?

      • antistratfordian - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:57 PM

        That means that the league played at a much faster pace in the past and it has been progressively slowing down over the decades to the point now where teams play at the slowest pace in history.

        For example, in the mid 1960s a team could expect to get 130-140 possessions a game. In 2010 LeBron’s Cavs was getting 90 possessions a game.

        Bird’s Celtics were getting around 103 possessions a game.

        So think about it this way:

        In 2009-10 LeBron averaged 29.7 points, 8.6 assists and 7.3 rebounds on 91 possessions a game. What do you think he would’ve averaged that year with 12 more possessions each game? Probably a triple double.

        Now think about that in terms of Oscar Robertson and his 140 possessions a game in 1962. Imagine LeBron with 140 possessions each night instead of 90!

        I think you get my point.

      • belleby123 - Nov 12, 2013 at 8:22 AM

        No, I really don’t. Defense has improved tremendously since when Bird played. It’s harder to get a shot off, but that doesn’t mean the “pace” has slowed down. The ball movement and the players themselves are faster than ever. That’s pretty obvious to even a casual observer.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 12, 2013 at 3:31 PM

        “but that doesn’t mean the ‘pace’ has slowed down”

        No. The pace has absolutely slowed. This is not something that is open to debate; it is a widely accepted fact. It’s not a theory.

        As Kevin Pelton and Bradford Doolittle from Basketball-Prospectus once explained:

        “…the NBA’s pace has been trending downward since the league began tracking turnovers at the team level during the 1973-74 season, allowing us to calculate possessions per game. The introduction of the three-point line in 1978-79 slowed things down considerably, with another major drop-off coming in the mid-1990s as teams emulated the slow, physical style employed to much success by the ‘Jordan Rules’ Pistons and the Pat Riley Knicks.”

        The average pace in 1975 was around 107.0 (or 107 possessions a game). By 1990 it was 97.0. By 2000 it was 88.0. From 2000 until today we’ve gone up and down a bit, but never exceeding an average pace factor of 92.0.

        These are facts, not opinions, and it is something that has concerned the league – leading to various rule changes to try to speed the game back up, to little avail.

      • belleby123 - Nov 13, 2013 at 5:45 PM

        Those are statistics, anyway. If your sole criterion for the “pace” of the game is number of possessions, you’re correct. The 8 second rule was introduced in 2001, which you failed to mention. I doubt that slowed the pace of the game, right? Again, if the players are faster and the defense is tougher, the number of possessions isn’t likely to go up. But that doesn’t mean that the ball isn’t being moved up and down the court faster than ever. It’s actually a pretty complicated subject, but I can tell from your arrogant, simplistic answers that complexity isn’t your strong suit. I’ll just leave you with one thing: I guarantee you fast breaks take less time now than they have ever before in NBA history.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 13, 2013 at 6:38 PM

        “The 8 second rule was introduced in 2001, which you failed to mention. I doubt that slowed the pace of the game, right?”

        Like I said, the league was fed up with the slow pace by 2000 and started introducing rules to speed the game back up. But since 2000 the pace has only fluctuated a little bit, it has never jumped back up to 110 possessions or anything like that.

        And no one said the players aren’t faster, etc. That isn’t the point. When I talk about pace and possessions the point I’m making is that Oscar Robertson had 140 opportunities each night to score a point or tally an assist whereas LeBron only gets around 90 opportunities to do the same thing. And the reason for that is regulated by the conditions of the era, not the team or the players. That’s the significance of pace and possessions.

      • belleby123 - Nov 14, 2013 at 5:54 PM

        Except that for you the sole criterion for “pace” *is* possessions. Do you have a cite for someone of authority that claims this?

      • antistratfordian - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:01 PM

        Because that’s what pace is – the amount of possessions you get in a game.

        Players didn’t average 25 rebounds a game 1963 because they were better rebounders than players today. That happened because 1) teams got around 140 possessions a game and 2) no one could shoot back in 1963.

        All of this needs to be understood in order to understand the significance of statistics today. This is the reason why basketball people are so astounded by LeBron James – what he does with just 90 possessions is more than what other stars did with, say, 110. Et cetera.

      • belleby123 - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:02 PM

        No cite, eh? More’s the pity.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:24 PM

        What are you even talking about? What world do you live in? You mean to tell me that you seriously do not know what pace is in basketball? This is not esoteric or “advanced” information – this is common basketball-speak that has been around for at least three, four decades.

      • belleby123 - Nov 15, 2013 at 3:01 PM

        Put up or shut up.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 15, 2013 at 3:28 PM

        Put up what? Are you f—— serious? smh.

        How ’bout this… why don’t you google “basketball pace” and read something for once you lazy bum.

      • belleby123 - Nov 16, 2013 at 7:52 AM

        Let me make is simple: other than your opinion, which, without the appropriate bus fare wouldn’t even get me a ride on the bus, do you have any other cite where someone says the pace of the game is synonymous with the number of possessions in a game? Plenty of your other posts have quotes and cites in them, but not they’re conspicuously absent. Are we clear here?

      • antistratfordian - Nov 16, 2013 at 7:57 AM

        “do you have any other cite where someone says the pace of the game is synonymous with the number of possessions in a game? “

        OMG, you are dense. I’m being trolled right now, right?

      • belleby123 - Nov 16, 2013 at 7:57 AM

        Again, put up or shut up.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 16, 2013 at 4:43 PM

        You should be embarrassed. You absolutely should’ve learned this by now. There’s is no excuse. Some 10 year olds know more about the principles of the game than you do.

        In any case, there are any number of sites that talk about pace/possessions – even NBA.com. A simple google search will take you to most of them. I suggest you do this search immediately and start reading. You are way behind the curve.

        But I’m not going to hold your hand. If you don’t want to learn this then that’s your problem.

      • belleby123 - Nov 16, 2013 at 9:59 PM

        So you have no cite to corroborate your claim. That was easy.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 17, 2013 at 12:17 AM

        No, I have about 100. I’m just in disbelief here a little bit.

      • belleby123 - Nov 17, 2013 at 7:50 AM

        You’re talking trash. What new?

      • antistratfordian - Nov 17, 2013 at 3:52 PM

        I’m not talking trash, but you’re being unnecessarily stubborn. If you were genuinely interested in learning more about pace you would’ve already done what I suggested. But you are not interested in doing that, you want to keep playing childish games like a buffoon. Whatever.

        I’m done with you.

      • belleby123 - Nov 18, 2013 at 6:24 PM

        Good. If had a dollar for every anonymous clown on the internet that poised himself as an “expert” I would have at least ten bucks by now.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 18, 2013 at 6:30 PM

        Do you think it even takes an expert to know what pace is? This is basic stuff, junior.

        In any case, I said I was done with you. You no longer have permission to talk to me.

      • belleby123 - Nov 18, 2013 at 6:36 PM

        Show me.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 18, 2013 at 6:52 PM

        I already have. Now, please, I’m busy. I don’t have time for your nonsense any longer. Next time you think you want to reply to something I’ve said… don’t.

      • srireddy23 - Nov 21, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        http://www.basketball-reference.com/about/glossary.html

        …I mean was this really that difficult?

      • srireddy23 - Nov 21, 2013 at 10:25 AM

        http://www.basketball-reference.com/about/glossary.html

        …I mean was this really that difficult? Pace is a pretty commonly known term, and while its true that Lebron’s stats would likely be incredibly high due to more possessions, the entire game was played differently back in the 60’s-70’s so it’s difficult to compare entire eras. Still, your point is good.

  2. otistaylor89 - Nov 5, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    I believe If Kareem didn’t punch out Kent Benson, you could combine his two numbers.

    • davidly - Nov 6, 2013 at 6:29 AM

      Let that be a lesson to you kids out there: Don’t punch out Kent Benson.

  3. antistratfordian - Nov 5, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Maybe I need to be the one to point out something that should be obvious:

    Both Malones and Kareem have hundreds of games where they tallied 0 to 1 assists. Jordan had 62 such games. LeBron only has 8 of these types of games in 10 years – regular season and playoffs combined.

    So Lebron did this while averaging 7.1 assists a game! That makes his streak that much more impressive.

    It’s going to be a very long time before you see any player averaging that many assists scoring in double figures in 500 straight games again.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:01 AM

      You’re absolutely right to bring this up. And could anybody else have cover/shut down 1-5s on defense while they were dominating offensively too? Um….no.

      • divan22 - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:27 AM

        G.O.A.T.

      • asimonetti88 - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:06 AM

        The other guys on that list are all pretty damn good defensively too.

    • belleby123 - Nov 6, 2013 at 9:12 AM

      > It’s going to be a very long time before you see any player averaging that many assists scoring in double figures in 500 straight games again.

      Agreed–especially while wearing a headband. Thanks for the laugh.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:37 PM

        What’s funny about that? There’s a reason why everyone else on the list either never passed or were notorious ball hogs except for James.

      • belleby123 - Nov 8, 2013 at 4:47 PM

        Hey, I hate the Heat and I still say LeBron has the most complete skill set in the history of basketball. I haven’t seen every player play in the history of pro basketball, what from what I’ve seen that statement certainly holds true. It’s sad, though, to see people trying and jury rig statistics to fit him into categories like this. You’re desperate to anoint him as some kind of god. He’s just a really good player. The sad thing is that by not being a hog he cheats the fans out of a lot of possible highlights. The good thing is by being an unselfish player he might actually approach Jordan’s level of championships. The other sad thing is he has a team full of weasels. Being the best floppers in the NBA doesn’t suit having the best player in the NBA as a teammate.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:06 PM

        “You’re desperate to anoint him as some kind of god.”

        I am not desperate to anoint him that – that is what he already is. It is seen clearly by some (Oscar Robertson, Jim Beoheim, Coach K, Pat Riley, me, etc.) and not by others. You do not yet see it. But you will eventually.

  4. remyje - Nov 5, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Didn’t he score 9 points in a finals game against the Mavs?

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 5, 2013 at 11:59 PM

      Yes, he had 8 points in Game 4 of the 2011 NBA Finals. But this streak is regular season.

  5. snoopy2014 - Nov 5, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Neat trivia. I’m amazed Wilt isn’t on the list, with all his prolific scoring.

    • belleby123 - Nov 7, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      With women or basketballs?

  6. jgreiner9 - Nov 5, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Remyje it’s 500 straight regular season games.

  7. ProBasketballPundit - Nov 6, 2013 at 4:22 AM

    remyje is right… LeBron failed to score in double figures in a Finals game. I love LBJ more than most but that fact should probably nullify the streak.

  8. jgreiner9 - Nov 6, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    ProBasketballPundit the streak is for regular season games. Does not include post season.

  9. belleby123 - Nov 6, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Thank God they are willing to tailor the criteria to put LeBron on a list he otherwise doesn’t belong on. I just we myself with excitement!

    • bcwildcat24 - Nov 6, 2013 at 10:42 AM

      Go home you’re drunk. You might “we” yourself again.

      • belleby123 - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:17 PM

        Nice counter argument. Did you leave the brain cell home again?

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