LeBron James recorded his 100th double-double as a member of the Miami Heat in Wednesday's thrilling 111-110 win over the Golden State Warriors. He grabbed 13 rebounds to complement his 36 points, three of which came on a game-winning, 27-foot jumper in the final second of Thursday's game.
The juxtaposition of an individual statistical achievement with a clutch shot seems fitting for James, who has often been accused of shrinking away from the final shot in games. While nobody's ever doubted his ability to pile up double-doubles and even triple-doubles, James has dealt with plenty of doubters when it comes to stepping up in big moments.
Surprisingly, James still doesn't have a triple-double this season after missing by just one assist in Wednesday's win. He's known for the triple-doubles more so than the double-doubles, as the leaderboard for the latter category is generally dominated by point guards and big men.
That's what makes James' 100 double-doubles with Miami so special—he doesn't get to focus on assists the way Boston's Rajon Rondo does, and James' role doesn't lead to an endless string of 10-rebound games the way Kevin Love's role does. Sure, it took James three-and-a-half seasons to do something (record 100 double-doubles) that a healthy Love could do in under two seasons, but James also ranks fourth on the all-time list with 32 career triple-doubles. Simply put, a double-double for a small forward means more than it does for a big man or point guard.