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Stat change costs James his New York triple-double

February 07, 2009|Associated Press

NEW YORK — LeBron James lost his latest triple-double Friday when the NBA determined that one of his rebounds should have been credited to Cleveland teammate Ben Wallace.

James scored a season-high 52 points and had 11 assists Wednesday in the Cavaliers' 107-102 victory at New York.

Had the triple-double stood, it would have been the first 50-point game in a triple-double since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975.

James was believed to have a triple-double when he grabbed what went down as a 10th rebound with under two seconds left.

However, the league reviewed the game and ruled that a rebound given to James with 39.3 seconds remaining should have been credited to Wallace. The corrected statistics now have James with nine rebounds and Wallace with two.

A release from the league said: "All NBA games are reviewed to ensure the accuracy of the game statistics."

James is left with three triple-doubles this season and 20 for his career.

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