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James ties Jordan's double-figures streak; Cavs top Hornets

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) LeBron James doesn't go into every game thinking he needs to score 10 points.

The 14-time All-Star said it just ''organically happens.''

It helps, of course, to be a multi-talented 6-foot-8, 250-pound forward viewed by many as the most physically talented basketball player of all-time.

The 33-year-old James matched Michael Jordan's streak of 866 consecutive double-digit scoring games on Wednesday night, scoring 41 points to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Jordan-owned Charlotte Hornets 118-105 and remain in third place in the Eastern Conference.

''I can't tell you how I've been able to do it,'' James said. ''Any time I'm mentioned with some of the greats, and arguably the greatest basketball player of all-time in Mike, it's just another feat for me to be just appreciative and humbled by what I'm able to do.''

He wasn't the only one making history.

Although the game got away from the Hornets in the fourth quarter, there was still the matter of Kemba Walker attempting to pass Dell Curry as the franchise's career scoring leader. 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.

''I wasn't supposed to be here,'' the 6-foot-1, 184-pound Walker told the crowd moments after the game ended. ''... Anything is possible. If I can do it, anybody can.''

Walker had to grab a towel to wipe away tears after breaking the record.

James approached Walker at midcourt as time expired, gave him a huge hug and whispered congratulations in his ear, telling him it was an incredible accomplishment.

''Listen, if you can be the all-time leading scorer in any franchise, that's incredible,'' James said. ''That's an incredible feat. I definitely went over and just told him how incredible that was. Even though with the season that they're having, when accomplishments happen throughout the season, you try not to take them for granted. I think it's an incredible feat for him.''

Jordan, who was not at the game, issued a statement through the team saying he was happy for Walker.

''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. ''He exemplifies what it means to be a Hornet.''

Jordan did not comment on James tying his streak.

James matched Jordan's 17-year-old mark in the second quarter when he scored his 10th point on a powerful alley-oop dunk off a pass from J.R. Smith.

James, who began his streak on Jan. 6, 2007, can break Jordan's record Friday night at home against the New Orleans Pelicans.

He scored 16 points in the second quarter and 13 in the third on 10-of-15 shooting during that span, including 4 of 6 from beyond the arc as the Cavaliers built a 17-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The Hornets cut Cleveland's 20-point lead to 11 points but James re-entered the game and made an immediate impact with a few more highlight reel plays.

He stole Frank Kaminsky's pass near the top of the key and raced the length of the floor and threw down an emphatic one-handed dunk over Jeremy Lamb that brought the crowd to its feet again. Then with 3:09 left in the game, he grabbed Rodney Hood's miss out of the air and dunked it hard with his right hand, punctuating the Cavaliers' victory.

James left the game to a standing ovation from the Charlotte crowd, which was filled with Cavaliers fans wearing James' No. 23 jersey.

TIP INS

Cavaliers: Shot 71 percent from the field in the second quarter and outscored the Hornets 42-28 to take control.

Hornets: Walker established a new team record with his 44th consecutive made free throw. That free throw also brought his career total to 1,999, which broke Gerald Wallace's franchise record of 1,998.

JAMES' DOMINANCE

James continued his dominance against the Hornets. He had his way against Charlotte in two previous meetings this season, combining for 58 points, 22 rebounds and 21 assists.

It was also a strong bounce-back game for James, who was limited to 18 points on 7-of-18 shooting in a lopsided loss to the Miami Heat on Tuesday night.

JORDAN'S STREAK

Jordan's streak of 866 games with at least 10 points came with the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards from 1986-2001.

UP NEXT

Cavaliers: Host Pelicans on Friday night.

Hornets: Visit Wizards on Saturday.

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Key Players
L. James
23 SF
K. Walker
15 PG
34.8 Min. Per Game 34.8
23.1 Pts. Per Game 23.1
5.7 Ast. Per Game 5.7
3.2 Reb. Per Game 3.2
54.7 Field Goal % 43.3
54.7 Three Point % 43.3
72.9 Free Throw % 86.1
+ 2 Kemba Walker made reverse layup 0:18
  Defensive rebound by Dwight Howard 0:26
  London Perrantes missed jump shot 0:29
+ 3 Kemba Walker made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Nicolas Batum 0:51
+ 3 Cedi Osman made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ante Zizic 0:58
+ 1 Kemba Walker made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:22
+ 1 Kemba Walker made 1st of 2 free throws 1:22
  Shooting foul on Ante Zizic 1:22
  Team rebound 1:31
  LeBron James missed jump shot 1:33
  Defensive rebound by LeBron James 1:51
Team Stats
Points 118 105
Field Goals 45-93 (48.4%) 39-76 (51.3%)
3-Pointers 11-28 (39.3%) 5-21 (23.8%)
Free Throws 17-20 (85.0%) 22-24 (91.7%)
Total Rebounds 45 45
Offensive 11 6
Defensive 27 34
Team 7 5
Assists 22 20
Steals 9 2
Blocks 1 2
Turnovers 6 13
Fouls 19 16
Technicals 0 1
41 PTS, 10 REB, 8 AST
19 PTS, 10 REB, 1 AST
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away team logo Cavaliers 45-30 22423123118
home team logo Hornets 34-42 26282427105
Team Stats
away team logo Cavaliers 45-30 101.1 PPG 41.4 RPG 19.2 APG
home team logo Hornets 34-42 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
L. James SF PPG RPG APG FG%
K. Walker PG 22.1 PPG 3.1 RPG 5.6 APG 43.1 FG%
Top Scorers
L. James SF 41 PTS 10 REB 8 AST
K. Walker PG 21 PTS 2 REB 4 AST
48.4 FG% 51.3
39.3 3PT FG% 23.8
85.0 FT% 91.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. James 36 41 10 8 1 0 4 1 14/26 4/8 9/11 2 8 64 +21
J. Green 31 18 1 1 1 0 0 1 6/15 1/4 5/5 1 0 22 +13
R. Hood 26 13 5 1 0 0 0 1 5/12 2/4 1/2 1 4 20 +19
G. Hill 34 9 2 4 0 0 0 3 4/13 1/5 0/0 1 1 19 +29
T. Thompson 15 2 3 1 0 0 0 4 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 2 7 +9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. James 36 41 10 8 1 0 4 1 14/26 4/8 9/11 2 8 64 +21
J. Green 31 18 1 1 1 0 0 1 6/15 1/4 5/5 1 0 22 +13
R. Hood 26 13 5 1 0 0 0 1 5/12 2/4 1/2 1 4 20 +19
G. Hill 34 9 2 4 0 0 0 3 4/13 1/5 0/0 1 1 19 +29
T. Thompson 15 2 3 1 0 0 0 4 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 2 7 +9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Smith 30 19 5 3 3 0 1 1 8/9 1/2 2/2 1 4 32 +10
J. Clarkson 18 5 2 1 0 0 1 4 2/6 1/3 0/0 1 1 8 -9
L. Nance Jr. 19 4 9 0 4 1 0 3 2/5 0/0 0/0 3 6 18 -1
J. Calderon 14 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 0 0 8 -10
C. Osman 6 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1/2 1/2 0/0 0 1 4 -4
J. Holland 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -4
L. Perrantes 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -4
A. Zizic 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 -4
K. Love - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. White - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Korver - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 232 118 38 22 9 1 6 19 45/93 11/28 17/20 11 27 204 +65
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Walker 32 21 2 4 0 0 2 0 7/18 2/8 5/5 0 2 29 -14
D. Howard 28 19 10 1 0 1 0 3 7/12 0/0 5/5 3 7 32 -6
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 21 11 2 1 0 0 1 4 5/7 0/0 1/2 0 2 14 -14
N. Batum 25 6 2 5 0 0 1 0 2/5 0/2 2/2 0 2 17 -20
M. Williams 38 6 5 3 1 1 2 1 0/4 0/2 6/6 0 5 17 -17
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Walker 32 21 2 4 0 0 2 0 7/18 2/8 5/5 0 2 29 -14
D. Howard 28 19 10 1 0 1 0 3 7/12 0/0 5/5 3 7 32 -6
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 21 11 2 1 0 0 1 4 5/7 0/0 1/2 0 2 14 -14
N. Batum 25 6 2 5 0 0 1 0 2/5 0/2 2/2 0 2 17 -20
M. Williams 38 6 5 3 1 1 2 1 0/4 0/2 6/6 0 5 17 -17
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
F. Kaminsky 17 16 5 0 0 0 1 1 7/9 1/1 1/2 1 4 20 -4
J. Lamb 24 11 3 2 1 0 1 0 4/6 1/3 2/2 0 3 18 +1
M. Monk 15 7 2 0 0 0 2 2 3/6 1/3 0/0 0 2 7 +1
D. Bacon 23 6 7 2 0 0 2 2 3/7 0/2 0/0 0 7 15 +7
T. Graham 9 2 2 2 0 0 0 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 0 8 +4
W. Hernangomez 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 -1 -3
J. Stone - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Paige - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Mathiang - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Carter-Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Zeller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 105 40 20 2 2 13 16 39/76 5/21 22/24 6 34 176 -65