LeBron becomes 5th player in NBA history to reach 100 career triple doubles

LeBron James dunk the ball against Memphis on December 9, 2021.

LeBron James has been filling out NBA stat sheets since 2003. On Thursday, he did it once again and joined a landmark company in the process.

The Los Angeles Lakers superstar racked up his 100th career triple-double in a 108-95 loss to Memphis, amassing 20 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. James becomes the fifth player in NBA history to reach this milestone, joining Russell Westbrook (189), Oscar Robertson (181), Magic Johnson (138) and Jason Kidd (107).

The triple-doubles have never been far from James’ average production. The 17-time All-Star holds career averages of 27.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.4 assists. The former No. 1 overall pick also ranks third on the NBA’s all-time scorers list, fourth in minutes, eighth in assists and 11th in steals.

James’ last triple-double – his 27th with the Lakers – also saw him overtake Elgin Baylor for second in franchise history.

The Lakers (13-13) may need more of James and his teammates in the coming weeks after losing to a missing Memphis side Ja Morant and Dillon Brooks due to league health and safety protocols. James avoided missing the playoffs for the first time since 2005 last season when the Lakers survived the 2021 Play-In tournament before falling to Phoenix 4-2 in the first round.

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