LeBron James had ninth Finals triple-double Friday, passing Magic Johnson for most ever

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Lost in the 49 first-quarter points and the 24 threes and the punches the groin and the ejection that wasn’t an ejection, not to mention the Cavaliers forcing a Game 5, something was almost missed.

LeBron James had another triple double — 31 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists.

That gives LeBron nine NBA Finals triple-doubles, moving him out of a tie with Magic Johnson with eight and giving LeBron the record. LeBron is averaging a triple-double this series.

It speaks to the rarefied air LeBron now runs in historically that he passed Michael Jordan and Magic in one night.