LeBron now an old hand at triple-doubles
LEBRON James became the oldest player in league history to average a triple-double in a calendar month, scoring 31 points on Tuesday in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 129-123 win over the Brooklyn Nets.
It is the first time in his brilliant 15-year National Basketball Association career that the 33-year-old James has averaged a triple-double for a month, a milestone that he doesn’t take for granted.
“It is a long list of so many great players that have come through this league and for you to be the only one in a category it is pretty cool,” James said.
“I take pride in being a triple threat ever since I started playing basketball.
“I never wanted to be labelled as (just) a scorer. I always wanted to be labelled as a basketball player. I get more gratification from assists more than anything. To give my guys great looks is awesome.”
The previous oldest player to average a triple double in a calendar month, containing at least 10 games, was Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain in March 1968 at 31 years old.
James had 12 rebounds and 11 assists for his 12th triple-double of the season and 67th of his career. He also reached 8,000 assists and became the first player in league history to reach that milestone, along with 30,000 points and 8,000 rebounds.
D’Angelo Russell led Brooklyn with 25 points.
In Miami, Dwyane Wade scored a season-high 27 points, including a fade-away jumper with 5.9 seconds left, to lead the Heat past Philadelphia 102-101.
Wade came off the bench to score 15 of Miami’s final 17 points, including the tough 18-footer over 76ers rookie Ben Simmons.
Philadelphia’s JJ Redick had a chance for the win but missed a 3-point attempt from the top of the key at the buzzer. It was just Miami’s third win in 11 games.
Elsewhere on Tuesday, it was: Hornets 118, Bulls 103; Wizards 107, Bucks 104; Clippers 122, Nuggets 120; and Trail Blazers 116, Kings 99.