Lebron James 1st Career 20-20 Game win against the Grizzlies in overtime
Photo From AP Photo/Jae C. Hong
By Shawn Stewart
LeBron James did something in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 117-111 overtime playoff win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday he’s never done before.
Lebron James had his first career game with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 3-1 series lead.
“I’ve done some pretty cool things in my career,” the four-time NBA MVP said to reporters after the win. “I’ve never had 20 and 20 before. So, that’s pretty cool, I guess.”
LeBron finished the game with 22 points, 20 rebounds and seven assists in 45 minutes. It was also the first time in his career he’s grabbed at least 20 rebounds in a game. His previous career high was 19 rebounds on Jan. 11, 2008.
Monday was also the first 20-20 game by a Lakers player in the postseason since Shaquille O’Neal in Game 4 of the 2004 NBA Finals. James is also the oldest player in league history with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in a playoff game.
James had his worst shooting game of the series (8-of-18) in Game 4, yet he still had a impact on the boards and as a facilitator. The 38-year-old got the buckets when his team needed it the most.
Los Angeles can close out the Grizzlies with a win in Game 5 at FedEx Forum on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET.