Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James finished Sunday's Game 2 losing effort against the Golden State Warriors with 29 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds.
While it wasn't enough to prevent the Cavs from falling behind 2-0 in the series, LeBron notched his eighth career NBA Finals triple-double to tie him with Magic Johnson for the most in NBA history, per the Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN.com).
James last posted a Finals triple-double in the series-clinching Game 7 against the Warriors last season, notching 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in the tilt. The victory gave the city of Cleveland its first championship in 52 years.
Cleveland and LeBron cruised through the first three rounds of the playoffs, losing a combined one game en route to a rematch with Golden State. The club has hit a major road bump since then, losing decisively to the Warriors in both of the first two Finals contests. The Cavs dropped Game 1 by 22 points and Game 2 by 19 points.
Fortunately for James and the Cavaliers, they return home for two games in Cleveland with an opportunity to tie the series, starting with Game 3 on Wednesday. Considering LeBron played well in the Game 2 loss, he may require additional assistance from Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love—along with other role players—for the team to boast any chance at defending its title against a star-studded Golden State roster.