Box Score Stuffers: LeBron James, Jason Kidd, Dwight HowardThree players have recently stuffed box scores with some remarkable numbers:
LeBron James missed a triple double by one assist for the seventh time in his career but his performance on Friday in Cleveland's 99-94 win over Utah was not too shabby: 40 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, three blocked shots--including a key swat of a Carlos Boozer attempt late in the game when Cleveland was clinging to a two point lead.
James put up this amazing stat line on Tuesday in Cleveland's 117-116 overtime loss to Orlando: 39 points, 14 assists, 13 rebounds. If you're thinking that a triple double that "big" must be rare you are quite correct: according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last player to have a triple double of greater magnitude was Wilt Chamberlain, who had 53 points, 32 rebounds and 14 assists, which is simply abnormal--I mean, seriously, who else in NBA history could do something like that? That's just ridiculous but one of the great things about James and Kobe Bryant is that when they have a big triple double or a string of high scoring games we have yet another reason to recall how great Chamberlain was, because in either category he is usually the last (or only) player who had a better or bigger performance. Elias also notes that a 39-13-14 triple double (or better) has only been accomplished seven times in NBA history, with Oscar Robertson owning the other five such efforts.
Jason Kidd posted his 89th career triple-double as his Nets lost to Orlando 95-70. He ranks third all-time in career triple doubles and will likely not catch Magic Johnson (138) or Oscar Robertson (181) but check out his line on Friday: 11 points, 10 assists--and 19 rebounds, a career-high; that's simply amazing for a 6-4 guard who is not an explosive leaper. Orlando center Dwight Howard also had 19 rebounds in that game, enabling him to become the youngest player in NBA history to reach the 3000 rebound plateau, breaking a mark set by Shaquille O'Neal. Howard is 21 years, 343 days old, while O'Neal was 23 years and change when he snared his 3000th board.
posted by David Friedman @ 1:07 AM