Undoubtedly already regarded as one of the finest basketball players of all time, Lebron James has once again written his name into the record books, this time recording his 7,000th career assist during the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-105 victory over the Charlotte Hornets. The record means that James becomes the first frontcourt player in NBA history to reach such a landmark, James scored 44 points against the Hornets, as the Cavs look to defend their NBA title from last season.
The 31-year-old has now moved up to ninth position in the all-time scoring list, and is now the only player with 27,000 points, 7,000 assists and 7,000 rebounds. With such figures, it is little surprise that bookmakers Betway have installed the Cavaliers as the favourites for the NBA Championship, despite the Golden State Warriors having invested heavily to bring in Kevin Durant from the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Cavaliers win over the Hornets was their fourth straight win, leaving them ahead of the likes of the Raptors and the Knicks in the Eastern Conference. With the Memphis Grizzlies up next at the Quicken Loans Arena, Betway have James & Co as the overwhelming favourites to secure a fifth consecutive victory. James demonstrated his full box of skills against the Hornets, making five 3-pointers and adding 10 assists and nine rebounds in 43 minutes. He took over in the fourth quarter, scoring 13 straight during one stretch to help the Cavs hold on.
Meanwhile, having missed the last two games, Cavs center Channing Frye has re-joined his teammates on the practice court this week, with the 33-year-old having been given time off following the death of his father. With his mother passing away just a month before, it has certainly been a difficult time for Fyre, and having missed seven out of 22 games already this season, will undoubtedly be fully motivated to play his way back into contention. The fourth-leading scorer on the team, Frye is averaging 10.4 points. He currently ranks second in the league in 3-point percentage, averaging a career-best 48.1 percent. In the two games without Frye, the Cavs averaged 11.0 triples, below their season mark of 13.5 per night. They also shuffled the rotation, using LeBron James as backup center in certain line-ups.