LeBron James becomes first player in NBA history with triple-doubles vs. 30 teams
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LeBron James made triple-double history Tuesday night when he became the first player to post a triple-double against every team in the NBA.
James collected 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the Lakers’ 112-107 victory over the Thunder at Staples Center.
“I really don’t know what to think about it.” James said after Los Angeles’ fifth straight win. “I just think it’s a pretty cool stat to know, and I’m glad it happened in a win.”
The win Tuesday gave the NBA-leading Lakers their 12th win in their last 13 games as they completed a perfect four-game homestand. James was more surprised than thrilled by his latest statistical achievement, particularly while a different statistic glared at him from the box score.
“Coach (Frank) Vogel came in here and said, ‘Congratulations,’ and I thought he was joking about my seven turnovers,” James said. “I really don’t know what to think about it. I just think it’s a pretty cool stat to know, and I’m glad it happened in a win.”
James has five triple-doubles in the Lakers’ last 10 games, getting four in victories. There’s a reason for this spree: Although James has constantly filled the stat sheet since he joined the league in 2003, he is leading the NBA this season with 11.1 assists per game, nearly four more than his career average. He has at least 10 assists in six consecutive games, the longest streak of his career.
Russell Westbrook will have two chances to match the feat this season if he can register a triple-double against Oklahoma City.
Lakers assistant coach Jason Kidd is third on this list with triple-doubles against 28 teams, followed by Larry Bird (25) and Magic Johnson (24).
James ranks fifth on the all-time triple-double leaderboard with 86, trailing Kidd (107), Johnson (138), Westbrook (141) and Oscar Robertson (181).
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Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.