Amid the all-time scoring leader chase, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James surpassed two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash in the all-time career assist record on Tuesday night at the Madison Square Garden. The four-time NBA champion registered his first triple double of the season as the Lakers defeated New York Knicks in the overtime.
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LeBron James dropped 28 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists to help the Lakers win the game and at the same time surpassed Mark Jackson and Steve Nash for fourth most assists in the NBA history. Additionally, the King is now just 89 points away to break the NBA all-time scoring record of legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
In a post-game interview, LeBron talked about becoming the fourth NBA all-time assist leader and said, " It’s amazing because that’s just what I love to do—get my guys involved and try to put the ball on time and on target with my guys throughout the course of my career. Now, with an another great group that allows me to see the space and see the floor … "
He added, "Any time you’re linked with some of the greats [is a cool thing]. Mark Jackson played here, he was drafted by the Knicks, so it’s super cool. Obviously you know with Nash, I played against him for many many years and his ability to pass the ball was very uncanny."
Meanwhile, the Lakers are currently placed at the 13th spot in the Western Conference standings with 24 victories in 52 matches. The Purple and Gold side will next face Indiana Pacers at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Thursday and James is likely to break Kareem's record on Tuesday night during the game against Oklahoma City Thunder.
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