LeBron James turned 36 years old on Wednesday, and he celebrated by extending his double-digit scoring streak while helping the Los Angeles Lakers defeat the San Antonio Spurs.
Following the game, James reacted to making history with his 1,000th consecutive game with 10 or more points:
“I just go out there and try to prepare and be the best every night I step on the floor,” James said after the game, via ESPN's Dave McMenamin. “If I'm in uniform, I've got to do things that help our team win. If it's scoring, rebounding, defending, assisting, doing little things. Just be available for my teammates throughout the course of the game when I'm on the floor, also on the bench. And I've been fortunate enough to do that throughout my career for the majority of it.”
James finished Wednesday night's game with 26 points, five rebounds, and eight assists. Even though he broke Michael Jordan's record of consecutive games with 10-plus points in 2018, James has now reached the impressive feat of having 1,000 straight games with 10 or more points scored.
Anthony Davis also chimed in on the milestone:
“It's good, because we know we're able to build a team and build our schemes around it,” Davis said. “It's good when you have a consistent player, and it makes our jobs a lot easier.”
You would have to go all the way back to 2007 to find the last game that LeBron James finished with fewer than 10 points in a game. The four-time NBA champion will hope to extend his streak to 1,001 games when the Lakers face the Spurs again on Friday.