Bam Adebayo matches LeBron James in Heat history with latest gaudy stat line
Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo is becoming one of the most well-rounded centers in the NBA.
The third-year man out of Kentucky notched another triple-double on Saturday night against the Dallas Mavericks, scoring 18 points while grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists. Adebayo also recorded two steals and two blocks, for good measure. Oh, and he joined an elite club.
Adebayo has now posted four consecutive games with at least 10 points, 10 boards and five assists, tying LeBron James for the longest such streak in franchise history:
Bam Adebayo recorded his second triple-double in three games in last night's win over the Mavericks. Adebayo has produced at least 10 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists in each of his last four games, tying LeBron James for the longest such streak in @MiamiHEAT history. pic.twitter.com/GA6RYgVNqm
— Justin Kubatko (@jkubatko) December 15, 2019
Adebayo has been on a ridiculous roll in December. After a fairly disappointing game against the Boston Celtics to open the month, Adebayo has gone on to rattle off some of the best performances of his career.
He responded to that performance against the Celtics by putting up 24-14-4 against the Washington Wizards. Then Adebayo broke out for a 30-point triple-double against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday before another superb showing against Dallas.
Adebayo is averaging 18.5 points, 11.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists in eight games this month, and his usage rate has increased in each month since the beginning of the year. He is a major reason for Miami’s run toward the top of the Eastern Conference standings.
The Heat improved to 19-7 after their win over the Mavericks, good enough for third place in the East. Jimmy Butler has played like a superstar, and the likes of Adebayo, Duncan Robinson and Kendrick Nunn have made massive strides.
Miami is certainly a team to watch over the next few months, as they might look to add a piece prior to the February trade deadline.