On the second night of a back-to-back, a soon to be 32-year old LeBron James isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.
It seems as if LeBron James is making history pretty often these days. On Friday he passed Elvin Hayes for ninth on the all-time scoring list. Tonight, he becomes the first front court player in history to reach 7,000 career assists.
In a 116-105 win over the Charlotte Hornets, the four-time MVP scored a season-high 44 points, while dishing out 10 assists and grabbing nine rebounds. And if that wasn’t enough James became the first player in NBA history to have 27,000 points, 7,000 rebounds and 7,000 assists.
“I really don’t know, I don’t know what to say,” the three-time champion said. “I’ve played with two great organizations that I’ve been able to do what I do. They’ve allowed me to be the player that I want to be. It just shows that triple threat of me, to rebound, to pass, to put the ball in the hole a little bit.”
James is averaging a career high 9.1 assists, good enough for fifth in the league behind James Harden, Russell Westbrook, John Wall and Chris Paul. What makes this significant is that he is the only forward in the top five. That alone shows how important getting his teammates involved is to him.
In regards to his place on the all-time scoring list, James has 27,359 points. He could pass Karl Malone who scored 27,409 points for eighth before the Cavaliers’ Christmas matchup against the Golden State Warriors. James had high praise for surpassing Hayes on the list.
“Any time I’m mentioned with any of the greats, –he’s one of them– it’s very surreal, and very humbling,” James said.
James is playing with the Cavalier roster of his dreams, facilitating first, scoring when needed and attacking the boards when Tristan Thompson or Kevin Love aren’t doing so.
With Saturday’s victory against the Hornets, the Cleveland Cavaliers are on a four game winning streak. The team will return to Cleveland to play the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday.