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LeBron James' NBA History: 1st Player to Achieve Triple All-Time Stats

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots over the defense of San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray (5) during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

By    |   Wednesday, 28 February 2018 07:21 AM

LeBron James became the first player in NBA history to compile 30,000 points, 8,000 rebounds, and 8,000 assists over his career during Cleveland's Tuesday night 129-123 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.

James also became the oldest player, at 33, to average a triple-double per game — positive double digit statistics — over the course of a month, with 27 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 10.5 assists over 10 games in February, ESPN reported.

The perennial All-Star also shot 54.6 percent from the field during that stretch.

"With the long list of so many great players that have come through this league, in the history of this league, for me to be the only [person] in a category, I think it's pretty cool," James said after the team's win, according to ESPN.

"I take pride in my game. I've always taken pride in being a triple threat since I started playing basketball, and I never wanted to be labeled as a scorer. I always wanted to be labeled as just an all-around basketball player; and I get more gratification out of the assists more than anything, because to get my guys great looks or they're knocking down shots, that means a lot to me," he continued.

James scored 31 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, and dished out 11 assists against the Nets for his 12th triple-double of the season and 67th of his career, Sporting News reported.

"He gets better with time," Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said, per ESPN. "He's had a great month. He's really done a good job of just carrying the team. We [were] going through a tough stretch and he stepped up. He really put this team on his back and his shoulders, and especially with these new guys, he's showing them the way.

"I think he's being very [on point], showing those guys a lot of confidence and giving those guys a lot of confidence by talking to them, and it's good for our young team going forward," Lue continued.

James has led the Cavaliers to the NBA finals for the past three seasons, winning the league's title outright in 2016.

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LeBron James became the first player in NBA history to compile 30,000 points, 8,000 rebounds, and 8,000 assists over his career during Cleveland's Tuesday night 129-123 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
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