LeBron James Moves Past Kobe Bryant to Make History in Lakers’ Overtime Win Over OKC

Published 02/09/2021, 5:30 AM EST
Jan 10, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during the first quarter of a game against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on January 10, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Mandatory Credit: Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports


Another day, another NBA record for LeBron James. He’s marking his name in the history books like it is a piece of cake.

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His age has become a much-discussed topic and the King is defying all the odds this season. Bron recorded a triple-double (28 points, 14 rebounds, and 12 assists) in the Los Angeles Lakers‘ overtime win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday.

Feb 6, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Delon Wright (55) steals the ball from Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) in the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

This was also LeBron’s ninth triple-double after turning 35 years old, and he dethroned Jason Kidd in the history books with this effort. The former New Jersey Nets guard had eight to his name.

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In addition, LeBron also overtook Kobe Bryant to become the player with the most triple-doubles after 18 seasons in the NBA. King James now has three triple-doubles to his name as opposed to the late great shooting guard’s two.

Can LeBron James become the oldest player to record a triple-double?

Karl Malone is the oldest player in NBA history to record a triple-double. The durable ‘Mailman’ was 40 years and 127 days old when he had 10 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against the San Antonio Spurs on November 28, 2003.

On the other hand, LeBron James is 36 years as of now. This means that he will have to lace up his boots for four more seasons to even have a sniff at it. That will also take him into his 22nd season. In the aftermath of their back-to-back overtime wins, LeBron said that he didn’t have a particular target as to how long he would want to play more.

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Jan 28, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) goes up for a shot against Detroit Pistons center Mason Plumlee (24) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

“I don’t know how long I’m going to play the game, I don’t know how much more I’ll be able to give to the game, but the way I feel right now, we’ll see what happens. I have no timetable on it. … The game will let me know when it’s time,” James mentioned.

Judging by his competitive drive and will to overtake Michael Jordan, we may see him continue to grace the game for a few more years and continue to break records!

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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