Wholesale Charlotte Hornets Jerseys

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.

Wholesale Brooklyn Nets Jerseys

Due to the Brooklyn Nets having such a steady rise out of the NBA’s basement, they find themselves in unprecedentedly popular territory.

No one expected the Brooklyn Nets to legitimately contend for anything this season, but analyzing the results in respect to the rest of the NBA tells an even deeper story than “the Nets stink.” At 20-44, Brooklyn finds itself in the thick of the tanking race. Tanking is far from a new concept in the NBA, but it is considerably more noticeable this season.

From the Kristaps Porzingis-less Knicks all the way down to the dead-last Grizzlies, there are nine teams in legitimate contention for the No. 1 pick. Sans the Nets, who are devoid of their own first round pick, the other eight are clearly trying to lose on purpose to increase their odds.

That is obviously the smart move in a league like the NBA, where the talent is so top-heavy. If a team does not expect to legitimately compete for the playoffs, and is in need of a quality young piece to build around, why wouldn’t they lose on purpose to increase such chances?

Several franchises picked up on this long before the season’s inception, and several more joined the party after calamitous injuries to their stars. With this enlightenment, however, the tank race has saturated to a point of superfluousness.

Only three games separate the bottom eight teams, with the Nets smack-dab in the middle of them. Are there enough quality prospects to feed all those mouths?

Everyone in this tier is in desperate need of a good young player to build with. Even the Cavaliers, owners of the Nets’ first-rounder, could use a young wing or guard for the post-LeBron era. But how many will get what they wish for?

These trends are prevalent to the Nets next season, when they retain full control over their first-rounders. Will a different set of teams join Brooklyn in a comedic sequel? Will poor front offices return for another stay at Tank City after choosing the wrong prospect in 2018? How will the NBA’s front office address an issue that currently plagues a third of its teams?

The NBA is attempting to deter egregious tanking with a reformed lottery, which distributes the odds more evenly among all lottery teams. However, such new rules will only complicate the issue. Even more teams could be inclined to tank with the odds more spread out.

In a system that rewards bad teams with high draft selections, there is an incentive for noncompetitive teams to throw games. And if, say, the winning teams got better draft selections, that would only widen the already gaping disparity of talent across the league.

All these factors will perplex the league for years to come, which could impact how the Nets continue to build. The incentive will still be to lose in order to obtain a high-upside prospect to pair with D’Angelo Russell. However, the level at which they throw games might seem more natural than whatever the Dallas Mavericks are doing.

Recall that this team is extremely young, and its payroll is clogged thanks to additions like Timofey Mozgov. Legitimate contention will be unlikely for a few more years. Considering all these factors, the losses will likely continue to pile up organically.

Nets fans should be ecstatic for this. Top-tier young talent is a lot more exciting than the stagnation of Nik Stauskas‘ development. Acquiring a guy with any chance to become a star is thrilling in its own right.

The Philadelphia 76ers‘ rapid ascension only bolsters this theory. They have two superstars and not much else, yet they are in the thick of the East’s playoff race.

The Phoenix Suns are still bad, but high-upside players like Devin Booker and Josh Jackson make them a fun watch. Fans and players cling to stars.

Hence why, even with the reform of the lottery and surfeit of bad teams, the incentive will still be to tank in 2019. Russell’s Robin (or maybe even Batman) has yet to be found. Once general manager Sean Marks finds him, the success will come.