LeBron James Ties Magic Johnson for Most NBA Finals Triple-Doubles in History

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 5, 2017

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 04:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers prepares for Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on June 4, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Having already passed Michael Jordan for the most career postseason points, Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James is close to moving ahead of another legend in the NBA history books.

The NBA tweeted James tied Magic Johnson on Sunday night for the most triple-doubles (eight) in NBA Finals history. James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists in Cleveland's 132-113 defeat.

Earvin Magic Johnson @MagicJohnson

Awesome to share the most triple doubles in NBA Finals history with the future HOF @KingJames.

More so than the postseason scoring record, churning out the most triple-doubles in Finals history would be a better illustration of James' greatness.

Nobody questions LeBron's abilities as a scorer, but he will be remembered as a far more versatile player. In the playoffs, James has often carried an even bigger burden.

Entering Sunday, the four-time MVP was averaging 28.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.8 assists in the postseason. He has been even better in the Finals, posting 27.0 points, 10.0 boards and 7.2 assists a game, per Basketball-Reference.com.

As well as he has played in the past, though, LeBron will need to be even better—if that's possible—for the overmatched Cavaliers to topple the Golden State Warriors in the 2017 Finals.

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