No. 3: March 17, 2007, Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Utah Jazz
LeBron James was one assist away from notching a triple-double in this game against the Jazz. He finished the game with 24 points, 17 rebounds and nine assists and helped the Cavaliers defeat a competitive Jazz team 82-73.
James dominated on the glass the whole game and was able to create opportunities for his teammates on the offensive end. He was displaying his many talents on the floor and scoring when his team needed a bucket.
No. 2: March 17, 2018, Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Chicago Bulls
Two years ago, James notched a triple-double against the Bulls. During the 2017-18 season, he collected 18 triple-doubles on the season. In the 114-109 victory over the Bulls, James finished with 33 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists. He shot 15-of-26 from the field as well. James put the team on his back this day, showing why he was the best player on the court.
What makes James unique is his versatility, and he’s been doing this since his rookie year. With his game maturing, he understands how to slow the game down and take control on the court. There are so many ways he can beat you.
No. 1: March 17, 2009, Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Orlando Magic
Here’s LeBron James top St. Patrick’s Day game. Eleven years ago, from this date, James put on a show against the Magic. He dropped 43 points while shooting 55 percent from the field during a 97-93 win. He was two assists shy from a triple-double, finishing with 12 rebounds and eight assists.
It seems as though James takes a liking to St. Patrick’s Day games because he fills the stat sheets playing on this day. In his last St. Patrick’s Day game against the New York Knicks last season, he dropped 33 points in a 124-123 loss. It may be the luck of the Irish for James because looking at his top three games; he has had success.
In his career, James has played in a total of eight games on St. Patrick’s Day. To him, it’s just another game where he gets to go out and showcase his talents and abilities. At 35, James is doing things he did during his early days in the league, and it seems as if he’s not slowing down any time soon.
James does not get caught in the hype about playing on a holiday. At the end of the day, he wants to put his team in the best position to win the game, and he has had success doing that throughout his NBA career. For James to continue to do what he’s doing speaks volumes to the type of athlete he is. At 35, James is doing things he did during his early days in the league, and it seems as if he’s not slowing down any time soon.