Cleveland Cavaliers legend LeBron James finished with 41 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one block during Monday's 129-120 Game 5 series-ending loss to the Golden State Warriors. In doing so, he cemented the feat of becoming the first player in history to average a triple-double during the NBA Finals, per the Cavaliers' Twitter account.
Logging an average of 42.4 minutes during the Finals, LeBron provided 33.6 points on 56.4 percent shooting from the field and 38.7 percent from three, 12.0 rebounds, 10.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.0 blocks per game.
For the playoffs as a whole, The King set a new playoff career-high in effective field goal percentage (62.2), a statistic that adjusts for the fact that a three-point field goal is worth more than a two-point field goal, per Basketball Reference. He also took 27.9 percent of shot attempts from beyond the arc, a new playoff high for him.
Despite having one of the best overall seasons of his career, posting career highs in rebounds (8.6) and assists (8.7) per game. The club lost just one game on the way to the NBA Finals, but LeBron and the Cavs ultimately fell to the Warriors, who added superstar Kevin Durant in the offseason. Durant became just the third player in NBA history to win a Finals MVP during his first season with a new team.
With the 2016-17 season coming to a close, LeBron has completed the first year of the three-year deal he inked in the summer of 2016. While next year is set in stone, LeBron has a player option for the 2018-19 season, giving him some flexibility moving forward. This could come in handy if the Warriors remain the force that they were this season.