LeBron James gets unwanted record for most combined turnovers in regular season, playoffs
On a night where LeBron James became the first-ever player in NBA history to put up a triple-double against all 30 NBA teams, he also set the record for the most combined turnovers in regular season and playoffs.
The record was previously held by NBA legend Moses Malone.
James finished with 25 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 112-107 win against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but he also committed a game-high seven turnovers. Still, his performance was enough to propel the Purple and Gold to an NBA-best 12-2 win-loss record.
LeBron has been playing exceptional this season, averaging 25.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 11.1 assists per game. He has said on multiple occasions that he’s extremely motivated to help the Lakers win a championship, especially after his streak of eight straight NBA Finals appearances was snapped last season.
The Lakers are also back to relevancy after six straight seasons of missing the playoffs. They are one of the favorites to win the title this season, not only because of LeBron, but because of another superstar they acquired in the offseason, Anthony Davis.
Despite the unwanted record, LeBron is still expected to be the Lakers’ primary ball-handler. Even though guys like Rajon Rondo, Quinn Cook, and Alex Caruso are on the roster, LA is a far more dominant team when James is the one running their offense. His turnovers will continue to pile up, but that is to be expected in a ball-dominant player like him.
The Lakers will now begin a slightly tough stretch where they will play 12 of their next 15 games on the road.