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Cavaliers' LeBron James first to average triple-double in Finals

Cavaliers' LeBron James first to average triple-double in Finals
Published On: Tue, Jun 13
Jun 16, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala (9) dunks against Cleveland Cavaliers forward James Jones (1), guard Matthew Dellavedova (8), guard J.R. Smith (5), and forward LeBron James (23) during the third quarter of game six of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

In the same tunnel where they celebrated a championship one year ago, Kyrie Irving waited for LeBron James to come off the court and the two Cleveland Cavaliers stars embraced.

James wrapped his arm around Irving and simply said: "We'll be back, me and you. We'll be back."

James had just become the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double in the NBA Finals after scoring 41 points with 13 rebounds and eight assists in Game 5 on Monday night. James ended the series averaging 33.6 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists but took the fifth Finals loss of his career as the Golden State Warriors clinched the title with a 129-120 victory.

"I left everything on the floor every game, all five games," James said. "So for me personally, I have no reason to put my head down. I have no reason to look back at what I could have done or what I shouldn't have done or what I could have done better for the team. I left everything I had out on the floor every single game for five games in this Finals, and you come up short."

James seemed to be at peace with the fate of this Cavs team since their narrow Game 3 loss to the Warriors last week, which put them in an unrecoverable 0-3 hole in the best-of-seven series. He finished strongly, though, putting up an NBA record third triple-double in an elimination game in Game 4 to force the series back to Oracle Arena. Then he had game-highs in points and rebounds as his team fell Monday.

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