Add another accomplishment to Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James' seemingly never ending collection. On Tuesday night, LeBron recorded 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against the Oklahoma City Thunder, who were the last team to not let him record a triple-double against them. Coming into the night LeBron had 85 triple-doubles for his career against 29 of the league's teams. For 27 games, the Thunder (and previously, the Seattle Supersonics) had kept LeBron from recording a triple double, but with Russell Westbrook, a man who knows a thing or two about triple-doubles, now playing for the Houston Rockets, they finally succumbed to the same fate as every other NBA franchise.
It was a fitting time for LeBron to achieve this, as his Lakers are on an absolute tear, winning 12 of 13 games, since losing their season opener to their co-tenants, the Los Angeles Clippers. LeBron now has 5 triple-doubles on the young season, and he is sneakily leading the league in assists. Safe to say, things are going better so far this season than they did for LeBron in his first year with the Lakers. With Dwight Howard and Javelle McGee providing productive minutes down low, Danny Green shooting over 42% from deep, and Alex Caruso posterizing unsuspecting opposing bigs, the Lakers are sitting pretty.
With Luka Doncic doing things we haven't seen a 20-year old do since LeBron himself was that age, it can be easy to forget what the now 34-year old does on a nightly basis. If the Lakers keep winning, LeBron could quickly emerge as a front runner for his 5th MVP award. The season is young and Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo as well as Rockets guard James Harden have been putting up strong cases for themselves as well. Speaking of Rockets guards, the next player to have a triple-double against every team in the league is very likely to be Russell Westbrook. He also waited to have one against the Thunder to complete his set, but in his defense, he's only had one chance. In his first game against his former team, he was 1 assist shy of a triple-double.