LeBron James pulled off some playoffs heroics on Sunday night (May 24), when he put up monster numbers in the Cavs’ 114-111 overtime win over the Atlanta Hawks.
King James notched a triple-double, with 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists, to give the Cleveland a 3-0 lead in the series. According to Elias Sports Bureau research, the NBA superstar is the first player in league history to reach those numbers in a playoff game.
Other historical notes are as follows, according to ESPN:
- He is the first player since Charles Barkley in 1993 with 35 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in a playoff game. In the past 30 years, the only other player to do that was James Worthy in 1988.
- This was James’ sixth career playoff game with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Oscar Robertson has the most such games in postseason history, with eight. Charles Barkley and Wilt Chamberlain have two apiece.
- James had his 12th career playoff triple-double and is now second all-time in that category, although far behind Magic Johnson, who has 30. He was previously tied with Jason Kidd with 11.
- James recorded his 75th career postseason game with 30 points, breaking a tie with Jerry West, and is now tied with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The two trail Michael Jordan (109) and Kobe Bryant (88).
- James now has 4,782 career playoff points, and he passed Karl Malone (4,761) for sixth on the all-time playoff scoring list.