LeBron James Makes NBA History For LA

Dean Riley - 13 Dec 2021

While the Los Angeles Lakers haven’t exactly been setting the stage on fire this season, at least LeBron James seems to be getting back to his old form. James on Thursday made it into the NBA’s history pages one more time as he racked up his 100th career triple-double during a 108-95 defeat against Memphis.

James accumulated 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists, all of which pushed him over the precipice of becoming only the fifth player in the history of the league to reach the special triple-double milestone after Jason Kidd (107), Magic Johnson (138), Oscar Robertson (181), and Russell Westbrook (189).

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James The LA Loner

Making history has never been too far out of the former No. 1 overall pick’s reach – and nor have triple-doubles.

James is the holder of career averages of 27 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 7.4 assists, and also happens to rank third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He ranks fourth in terms of minutes, 11th in steals, and eighth in assists.

The unstoppable “King James” also now ranks second for the most triple-doubles scored in the history of the franchise. With 27 scored or the Lakers, he trails only Elgin Baylor.

But it’s also a franchise that will have bring an improved show of performance if it’s to make any sort of impression this season. Case in point being how the Lakers (13-13) lost to a Memphis without Dillon Brooks and JA Morant.

After squandering an early lead on Thursday, which ultimately led to the disappointing loss, Anthony Davis said the team’s identity is far removed from the championship franchise their fans have become accustomed to. And sadly, this has been something of a theme stuck on repeat for the Lakers of late.

Recent losses such as those against an LA Clippers team without Kawhi Leonard and the Sacramento Kings without Richaun Holmes and Harrison Barnes are but two examples of several more.

Time To Step It Up

As much as the Lakers tried to turn their fates around against the Grizzlies, their game still proved much too casual after Thursday’s early lead. And it had been this casualness that had ultimately led to a false sense of security, said coach Frank Vogel after the game.

The Lakers, who’ve now been dropped to the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference standings by Thursday’s defeat, were ironically very near complete on the night – missing only Kendrick Nunn and Trevor Ariza.

It would certainly seem as if they’re in for a challenging time ahead.

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