LOS ANGELES (AP) — To LeBron James, triple-doubles will not be a aim.
They are only a side impact of the constant, sensible all-around play he has been dishing out for 17 NBA seasons, with no slowdown in sight.
Triple-doubles additionally don’t imply a lot to LeBron with out wins hooked up to them, so James was happy when his newest statistical superlative occurred throughout but another profitable evening for the surging Los Angeles Lakers.
James grew to become the primary player in NBA historical past to file a triple-double towards each team within the league, and Anthony Davis scored 34 points through the Lakers’ fifth straight victory, 112-107 over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday evening.
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James completed with 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to post a triple-double towards his 30th opponent for the NBA-leading Lakers, who’ve received 12 of 13 after an ideal four-game homestand. James was extra stunned than thrilled by his newest statistical achievement, significantly whereas a unique statistic glared at him from the field score.
“Coach (Frank) Vogel came in here and said, ‘Congratulations,’ and I thought he was joking about my seven turnovers,” James mentioned. “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 5 triple-doubles within the Lakers’ final 10 games, getting 4 in victories. There’s a purpose for this spree: Although James has continuously stuffed the stat sheet since he joined the league in 2003, he’s main the NBA this season with 11.1 assists per game, almost 4 greater than his career common. He has no less than 10 assists in six consecutive games, the longest streak of his career.
Vogel has put the ball in James’ arms continuously on offense, and his playmaking acumen has grown alongside together with his chemistry with Davis, as they demonstrated repeatedly towards the Thunder. Seven of LeBron’s assists got here on baskets by Davis.
“Amazing,” Davis mentioned. “To be able to do that against every team is something special. I mean, (it’s) trippy that he’s been playing for a long time, so it was a matter of time before it happened, but just a tribute to all his hard work.”
James is fifth in NBA historical past with 86 triple-doubles, however the 4 players in entrance of him — Oscar Robertson, Russell Westbrook, Lakers nice Magic Johnson and Lakers assistant coach Jason Kidd — hadn’t accomplished it towards 30 teams. Kidd, who did it towards 28 teams, has served as a job mannequin for James’ efforts as a tall point guard.
“He’s just playing terrific basketball,” Vogel mentioned. “For him to be doing what he’s doing in his 17th year is just nothing short of remarkable. There’s no reason to believe he can’t sustain that for the rest of the season and help us make a real strong playoff push.”
Dennis Schröder scored 20 of his season-high 31 points in an outstanding first half for the Thunder, who’ve misplaced 4 of 5 regardless of two strong performances at Staples Center. Danilo Gallinari added 25 points in his former home area, and Nerlens Noel had 15.
“That’s why (James) is considered probably the best of all time, but I think we did a great job on him,” Schröder mentioned. “They obviously hit some tough shots.”
One evening after the Thunder barely missed an upset win over the Clippers due to a last-minute 3-pointer by former star Paul George, Oklahoma City couldn’t fairly catch up to the highly effective Lakers regardless of preserving the game shut all evening.
“There’s a lot of things we did well in there,” Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan mentioned. “But, you know, we came up short in all these games. I think the one sign you can point to is both teams, the Clippers and the Lakers, are really, really good teams, so we’re competing well at a high level. But we’ve just got to do more in order to be able to finish and close out games.”
The Thunder received’t have to attend lengthy for a rematch: These teams meet once more in Oklahoma City in three days.
Thunder: F Hamidou Diallo missed his third straight game with a left knee sprain. … Schröder acquired a technical foul within the third quarter for confronting Davis on the free throw line after Davis dunked and was fouled.
Lakers: Kyle Kuzma left the court within the second quarter with an eye fixed abrasion after teenager Darius Bazley hit him in the best side of his face with an elbow on a drive. Kuzma returned to the bench within the second half, however with apparent injury above his eye. He didn’t return to the game, though Vogel mentioned he was obtainable if mandatory. The Lakers plan to re-evaluate him throughout the subsequent 24 hours.
James’ 3-pointer put the Lakers up 109-98 with 3:08 to play, however the Thunder scored 9 straight points to chop the Lakers’ result in two on Gallinari’s free throws with 1:24 left.
After Danny Green acquired a key offensive rebound for the Lakers, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope drilled a 3-pointer with 55 seconds left. James missed two free throws moments later to maintain the Thunder in it, however Oklahoma City couldn’t score once more.
POINT GUARDS BEHAVE
Chris Paul had 4 points, 10 assists and 5 rebounds for the Thunder, and he didn’t seem to conflict with Rajon Rondo, his opponent in a struggle early final season whereas he was with the Rockets. Rondo had eight points and a season-high 10 assists.