LeBron James plays full 82-game schedule for Cavs

Marks a first for the 4-time MVP who led NBA in scoring this season

Daryl Ruiter
April 11, 2018 - 8:58 pm
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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) –  For the first time in his 15-year NBA career, LeBron James completed a regular season in which he didn’t miss a single game.

He also completed a career year at the age of 33, in his 15th NBA season.

James started for the 82nd time Wednesday night as the Cavs wrapped up the regular season with a 110-98 loss to the New York Knicks but head coach Tyronn Lue didn’t leave him on the floor long.

"It's hard to play 82 games," Lue said. "I was in the league 11 years. Never had a chance to get to 82. Everything has to go absolutely right. He wants to play and I guess in his 15th year to get to 82, it really says a lot. It says a lot about him. But once he gets his 10 points, don't be surprised if I yank him out. He might get mad but I don't care. I don't care."

James checked out with 1:27 remaining in the first quarter with the Cavs up 20-15 after scoring 10 points to keep his double digit scoring streak alive at 873 games and he pulled down 5 rebounds and had 2 assists.

James averaged career-bests in points per game - 27.5, assists per game - 9.1, and rebounding - 8.7. He also had a career-high 18 triple-doubles. 

The closest James came to playing all 82 was 81 games for Cleveland in the 2008-09 season, but then-coach Mike Brown sat him for the regular-season finale tin preparation for the playoffs.

Despite leading the NBA in points and minutes played it is expected that Houston's James Harden will still win the MVP award.