In the Los Angeles Lakers 112-107 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, LeBron James recorded a triple-double in the win with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. It was his 86th career triple, but it also marked an important milestone, as James became the first player in league history to record to log a triple-double against all 30 NBA teams, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Tuesday’s win was the fifth triple-double of the season — which included a stretch where the future Hall-of-Famer recorded three straight in a win against the Mavericks, Spurs and Bulls.
“I had no idea,” James said after the win. “Coach [Frank] Vogel came in here and said congratulations. I was like, I thought he was joking about my seven turnovers because I’ve been taking care of the ball so much. He said the first player in NBA history to have a triple-double versus 30 teams, every team, so I was like, ‘OK. That’s pretty cool.'”
🏀 LeBron James – 30 teams
🏀 Russell Westbrook – 29 teams
🏀 Jason Kidd – 28 teams pic.twitter.com/glGsrpBHul
— ESPN (@espn) November 20, 2019
In his 17th season, James currently sits fifth all-time on the triple-double list, trailing Oscar Robertson, Russell Westbrook, Magic Johnson and Jason Kidd.
“I really don’t know what to really think about it,” he said. “It’s a pretty cool stat to know. I’m glad it happened in a win.”
With the Lakers sitting at the top of the West with a 12-2 record, James is averaging 25.0 points, 11.1 assists and 7.9 rebounds so far this season.