In his 18th season, LeBron James continues to stack impressive NBA records to his name. The LA Lakers star forward is about to accomplish another first-time NBA feat. He is on the verge of becoming the first player to score at least 10 points in 1,000 straight regular-season games. It begs the question, when was the last time that James failed to reach that mark in a regular-season contest?
LeBron James’ scoring longevity
In many ways, LeBron James‘ best attribute isn’t his scoring ability despite currently ranking third on the all-time scoring list.
The argument that could be strongly made is that his passing may be his strongest skillset. He may not be a pure scorer, but James has continued to remain among the league’s top offensive threats throughout nearly his entire career.
The 36-year-old is about to add another impressive mark to his resume on Wednesday night against the San Antonio Spurs. He can become the first player to score at least 10 points in 1,000 straight regular-season games. To put that in perspective, Michael Jordan holds the second-highest mark at 866 consecutive such performances, followed by Kareem-Abdul-Jabbar (787), Karl Malone (575), and Kevin Durant (562).
On top of that, James’ 28-point performance against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday pushed him ahead of Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett for fourth all-time in 10-plus point games (1,261). The four-time NBA Finals MVP has been a scoring machine throughout his career, so when is the last time that he didn’t reach that 10-point mark?
The last time LeBron James didn’t score at least 10 point
Seeing LeBron James hit 10 points on the stats sheet during a regular-season game has become a normalcy.
However, James’ streak of such performance isn’t one that spans his entire career. His remarkable stretch initially began when he was 22 years old in his fourth season. On Jan. 5, 2007, he notched only eight points in the 95-86 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
It was a relatively quiet outing from James’ standards as he shot 3-of-13 from the floor, including missing all four of his 3-point attempts and nailed a pair of free throws in 41 minutes played. Drew Gooden (31 points) and Larry Hughes (22 points) carried the Cavaliers to a road win over the Bucks.
James did tally a game-high nine assists in the contest, which helped provide his team the much-needed edge that night. It’s currently only one of nine regular-season games that he has failed to reach that 10-point threshold to this point in his illustrious career.
All-time scoring mark within reach
As LeBron James continues to add NBA records to his first-ballot Hall of Fame resume, there is another he’s quickly approaching.
James currently sits third all-time on the scoring list trailing only Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone. Entering Wednesday’s contest against the Spurs, he is 2,596 points behind Malone and 4,055 points behind Abdul-Jabbar.
The 36-year-old is well within striking distance to make a run at grabbing the all-time mark. According to NBA.com, if he can average at least 20.0 points through the next three seasons, James could pass Malone in 130 games and Abdul-Jabbar in 203 contests.
With James inking an extension through his 20th campaign in the 2022-23 season, it could see him accomplish that in a Lakers uniform. He has already surpassed both Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant during his stint with the franchise. Only time will tell, but James is well on pace to lay claim to that vaunted mark.