For the first time since the 2019-20 season, LeBron James suited up for a Los Angeles Lakers game at Madison Square Garden versus the New York Knicks on Tuesday.
He didn’t have a super-efficient offensive outing, but he did achieve his first triple-double of the season with 28 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, as the Lakers survived in overtime, 129-123. It was a victory they simply had to have, as they lost their previous two contests.
With that triple-double, he surpassed two people on the NBA’s list of most career assists — Marc Jackson and Steve Nash — to move into the fourth spot on that list with 10,336 dimes.
Next on the list is the Phoenix Suns’ Chris Paul, who currently has 11,246 assists, and after that is Jason Kidd, who retired with 12,091 helpers.
No one can safely predict if James will surpass Paul, especially since the Suns’ leader is averaging 8.7 assists a game this season. But many are learning to not count out the four-time MVP when it comes to anything that has to do with his longevity.
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