With the Cavaliers at the precipice, it’s a good thing that LeBron James discovered the fountain of youth as he averaged a triple-double in February.
In 10 games, the 33-year-old was scoring 27 points per game, along with 10.5 rebounds and 10.5 assists. He achieved the feat in the third quarter in the win over the Brooklyn Nets. He needed just seven rebounds and six assists heading into the game.
The four-time MVP finished that game with 31 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists.
James said that he’s just playing smart basketball and being consistent in order to help the team win. He also credited the help of his teammates.
“They give me the room to go out and do what I need to do to help them as much as I can,” he said. “And for me to have the month of February, when I averaged a triple-double for the first time in my career, I’m just trying to make plays, get rebounds and also try to score the ball a little bit as well.”
As the Cleveland Cavaliers found their groove, James also created a category unto himself. He just became the first player in the history of the game to score 30,000 points, grab 8,000 rebounds and dish out 8,000 assists.
The only thing that marred that achievement was they lost to the San Antonio Spurs, 114-102. He said that maybe someday he can look forward to the milestones he achieved or records he broke when he’s already retired. But he’s still focused on getting another trip to the NBA Finals.
“I just started thinking about everything that my journey (has entailed) from being a kid that first picked up a basketball when I was five years old to first starting playing organized basketball when I was nine and all the way up until this point,” he said. “I give a lot of thanks to a lot of people. It’s just a special moment.”