On his way to becoming the NBA’s all-time scoring leader, LeBron James notched a triple-double in a 129-123 overtime win over the New York Knicks. He scored 28 points, dished out 11 assists, and grabbed 10 rebounds in the game. He also passed both Mark Jackson and Steve Nash on the NBA’s all-time assists list. James is currently second on the NBA’s all-time scoring list and fourth on the NBA’s all-time assists list.
James was asked if he thinks about these all-time achievements while playing. “Not at all,” he said. “I didn’t get to this point in my career thinking about records or how many points I may have. I just play the game the right way, approach the game every night trying to be a triple threat by scoring, rebounding, assisting, and defending, and may the chips fall where they may. I think when I get super close it’ll be in the back or front of my mind, but I don’t ever put that pressure on myself, I just go out and play.”
James also discussed passing Jackson and Nash on the NBA’s all-time assists list. “It is amazing because that is what I love to do,” he said. “I love to get my guys involved and try to put the ball on time and on target with my guys throughout the course of my career. I am with another great group that allows me to see the space and see the floor and I am able to get it to them with the right type of pass, but they have to make the shots and they have done with that not only this season, but over the course of my career, so it was pretty cool. Any time you link with some of the greats like Mark Jackson who was drafted here with the Knicks, it is pretty cool and Steve Nash, you know, I played against him many years and his ability to pass the ball was very uncanny.”
Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers discussed the chase for the NBA’s all-time scoring record by his iconic teammate. “I was fortunate enough to be here for when he went to second [on the all-time list],” he said. “Now to be here for the first, you know 89 points [away]. The team is very excited and it’s probably going to be a surreal moment.”