LeBron James picked up a unique record on Sunday on his way towards Karl Malone’s all-time NBA scoring record.
He became the first player in NBA history to reach 10,000 points, rebounds and assists. LeBron James created his own statistical category when he assisted a Carmelo Anthony 3-pointer in the second quarter of L.A’s 140-111 loss to Phoenix.
It was his second assist of the night and 10,000th of his career. LeBron James currently sits seventh for assists and third for points on the all time list. With 36,824 career points, he could surpass Karl Malone in second place this week.
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“To now sit alone at a statistical category in this league that I’ve really modeled my game after: being able to score, rebound and assist,” James said after finishing with 31 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists against the Suns. “I sit alone at a stat is pretty like — I’d say ‘cool,’ but it doesn’t quite make sense to me.
“I’m lost for words anytime things like this are happening to me because of where I come from,” he said. “I automatically start thinking to my hometown of Akron [Ohio] and my upbringing and where I come from and the dreams that I had of being in this league and playing at the highest level.”
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However, his unique record came in yet another defeat in a losing season for the Lakers. While his individual feats aren’t enough to drag a whole team to the playoffs, LeBron is taking the Ws where he can find them.
“It’s an honor to be a part of this league and no matter what’s going on this season, you try to take the victories that happen throughout the course of a long marathon,” he said. “And tonight is one that happened not only for myself but for my family and friends.”