LeBron on 14th triple-double: I'm like fine wine

From ESPN - March 14, 2018

PHOENIX -- After a 28-point, 13-rebound, 11-assist performance secured LeBron James his 14th triple-double of the season -- setting a new career high in that category after notching 13 triple-doubles in 2016-17 -- the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar said it's a credit to his ability, not to the evolving state of NBA basketball.

"You can just say I am like fine wine, I get better with age. That's what it says," said the 33-year-old James after a 129-107 win over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday.

When it was suggested that teams around the league playing at a faster pace could have something to do with it -- because more possessions mean more chances to rack up statistics -- James shot down that premise.

"More possessions, my ass. What are you talking about?" James said. "I am getting better with age, that's what it's saying."

James' Cavs averaged 94.6 possessions per game in his rookie season in 2003-04, according to The league leader in possessions per game in 2003-04 was the Dallas Mavericks with 96.7. This season, by comparison, Cleveland averages 101 possessions per game, and the league leader, New Orleans, averages 105.1.

According to ESPN Stats & Information research, the league average for possessions per game this season is 99.54. In '03-04, the league average was 92.69.


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