LeBron James clinched his 100th career triple-double despite the Lakers’ loss (13-13) to a shorthanded Grizzlies team.
James accomplished the feat in the last four minutes of the contest. He now joins current team-mate Russell Westbrook (189), Oscar Robertson (181), Magic Johnson (138) and Jason Kidd (107) as the only players in league history to have recorded at least 100 triple doubles in career.
James’ stat line on his record-breaking night included 20 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists, four steals and two blocks. While James has added another milestone to his award-winning career, the bigger issue remains how the Lakers will continue to develop and improve as a team on the pitch.
A night when Memphis was without star guard Ja Morant and his best defenseman Dillon Brooks – who is in health and safety protocols – the Grizzles (15-11) recorded 13 interceptions in the first half including nine in the second quarter, establishing a record franchise of flights in a shift.
The Lakers also recorded 22 turnovers that led to 27 points for the Grizzlies in the loss.
“We’re going to continue to have disappointing losses as long as we return the ball like this,” Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said.
Los Angeles suffered its fifth loss in its last 10 games and remains sixth in the Western Conference standings.
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