By Brandon Easler
The Cavs defeated the Brooklyn Nets last night 129-123 to improve to 36-24 on the season. However, the final score was not the biggest storyline from the game as LeBron became the first player in NBA history to record 30,000 points, 8,000 rebounds, and 8,000 assists. This is a pretty amazing stat considering all the greats that have never reached this mark in their career. One would have believed that a player such as Oscar Robertson or Magic Johnson might have been able to accomplish this in their career, but LeBron continues to amaze with his incredible statistical feats.
James also put up 31 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists last night, which secured him an average of a triple-double in the month of February. This is surprisingly the first time that LeBron has accomplished this task in any month in his career. For the month of February, he averaged a staggering 26.6 points per game, 10.3 rebounds per game, and 10.4 assists per game. He did this all while shooting 55 percent from the field and 41 percent from three. Also, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, James became the oldest player in NBA history (33 years old) to average a triple-double in a calendar month containing at least 10 games played.
LeBron is continuing to build upon his MVP campaign, and these stats are unheard of from a player that is 33 years old and in their 15th season in the league. This might be the most complete year that LeBron has ever put together, as he is averaging 26.6 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 8.9 APG, 1.5 SPG, and 1 BPG. It will be interesting to see if he will be able to beat out James Harden for the MVP award, as those two are clearly the top two in the running at the moment. However, LeBron will gladly give that award to Harden if it means that his team wins The Finals and gets him one step closer to surpassing Jordan.
All stats courtesy of ESPN.com and basketball-reference.com.
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