James has triple-double, leads Lakers past Knicks in OT

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NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James came within 89 points of the NBA goal-scoring record and moved up to fourth on the assists list, finishing with a triple-double in his return to Madison Square Garden as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the New York Knicks 129-123 on Tuesday night.

James had 28 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, with the points giving him a career high of 38,299. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the leader with 38,387.

But James’ game is always about more than scoring, as he proved again on Tuesday. He fed Dennis Schroder for a 3-pointer that broke a 118 stand with 3:13 left, grabbed his 10th rebound later in overtime, then headed to the basket for a 127–121 lead with 19 seconds left. To do.

“He just does everything,” said Lakers coach Darvin Ham. “That’s what great players do. It’s what the greats of all time do, and he’s at the top of their lists.

James previously beat Mark Jackson and then Steve Nash to fourth on the assists list in his first game at Madison Square Garden in three years.

Anthony Davis added 27 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who had dropped two in a row to open their trip. James and Davis missed their loss Monday in Brooklyn.

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