The Los Angeles Lakers got an evening off from LeBron James as they couldn’t find a way to score against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night, losing at home. Led by a game-high 34 points from Mike Conley Jr., Memphis claimed the 107-102 victory. Jaren Jackson Jr. was the lone bright spot for the Lakers, scoring a career-high 29 points.
With the loss, James finds himself in rare company, becoming the fifth NBA player in history to have scored at least 100 triple-doubles in his career. Chris Paul has tallied 106 triple-doubles, while Dirk Nowitzki (104), Michael Jordan (104) and Shaquille O’Neal (100) share James’ record. For his stellar night, James was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played in December.
James has 30 double-doubles on the season, but he did not find success against the Grizzlies on Friday, scoring only four points in the first half and making only 3 of 10 shots from the field. James had a much better game against the Knicks on Tuesday, scoring 25 points to go along with 12 rebounds and 10 assists. With five triple-doubles on the season, James trails only O’Neal (6) and Dennis Rodman (6) on the all-time triple-double list. The Lakers’ next game is Sunday night against the Detroit Pistons.
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