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LeBron James' recent scoring run has secured an impressive NBA first

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Over the past few weeks, whilst most of the NBA world has focussed on the Golden State Warriors' hunt for 73 wins and Kobe Bryant's farewell tour, LeBron James has been stepping up his game.

In the last 10 games, the four-time NBA MVP has scored 24 or more points on nine occasions and has looked back to his dominant best just in time for the 2016 playoffs.

Record-breaker

His recent increase in output has also helped him achieve an NBA record. According to the Cleveland Cavaliers' official website, James is now the first player in NBA history to average at least 25 points per game for 12 straight seasons.

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After scoring 34 points against the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night, LeBron is currently averaging 25.3 ppg through the 2015-16 campaign.

The G.O.A.T himself, Michael Jordan, only managed 11 consecutive seasons at that mark, although, of course, that might have been different had he not stepped away from the game on two occasions.

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Already assured of reaching the 25 point mark with one game of the regular season still remaining, James will have achieved the feat in every season since his rookie year in 2003-04. He still averaged a healthy 20.9 ppg straight out of high school.

Although the 31-year-old has never topped the points per game standings in any of his 13 years in the NBA, his record-breaking run highlights what a lasting impact he has had on the league.

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As well as making it 12 seasons in a row with 25 ppg, the future Hall of Famer has also moved passed the likes of Dominique Wilkins, Oscar Robertson and Tim Duncan in the all-time scoring list this year.

In consistently putting up huge numbers, the two-time NBA champion is one of the most high-profile athletes in the world and has shown longevity that few players have achieved.

Goals

The way he is playing right now, you wouldn't put it past the veteran to come back in 2016-17 and make it 13 years in a row at the quarter century mark.

Of course, any individual achievements James is able to rack up during the regular season will pale into insignificance if he is able to help his home state franchise win its first ever Larry O'Brien Trophy in the postseason.

In ominous form as the Cavs prepare to head into this year's playoffs as the Eastern Conference's number one seed, he certainly looks primed to give it his best shot.

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