CAVALIERS Double the fun for LeBron
He recorded his 2nd triple-double in 3 games in win over Warriors.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- LeBron James usually claims he doesn't care about his numbers. Not this time: He couldn't deny a bit of excitement about the double digits all over his stat line these days.
James had his second triple-double in three games, getting 28 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 105-87 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.
Just three nights after becoming the youngest player in NBA history with a triple-double, James duplicated the feat in an easy win over the Warriors. Though he claimed not to know his exact totals in the final minutes, the Cavs all knew: They celebrated when Zydrunas Ilgauskas hit a 3-pointer on a final assist from James with 29 seconds left.
"I told you, I'm rolling now," the 20-year-old James said. "I said that once I got the first (triple-double), I'm rolling. If I can get a triple-double in wins like this, I will love it."
It's his team
In his past six games, James is averaging nearly 28 points, nine rebounds and 8.5 assists.
"It's not a goal of mine to average a triple-double, but that was my New Year's resolution," James said, jokingly referring to a promise he made on television recently. "I'll keep trying to play well and keep getting wins. ... It's hard to average a triple-double, but I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing, and I'll come close to it, though."
James still is four weeks younger than Lamar Odom was when he became the youngest player to get a triple-double in 1999. James got his first in Portland three days earlier, with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a loss.
"He took over, which he's capable of doing, and everybody else just followed," Cleveland coach Paul Silas said. "Every night, his production is going to be there, and you can just write it down."
James took control in the fourth for the first-place Cavs and sent the Warriors to their 11th loss in 12 games.
"I love making my teammates happy," James said. "If you ask any of my teammates now, they're happy."
Eric Snow had season highs of 16 points and 12 assists in his first start of the season in place of Jeff McInnis, who sat out to rest his sprained left foot in the finale of Cleveland's six-game West Coast road trip.
The Cavs won three of six on their road trip, and Silas called it a big success. Cleveland stayed in first place in the Central Division during the trip, increasing the lead to 11/2 games when Detroit lost to Chicago earlier Saturday.