LOS Angeles Lakers star LeBron James put up historic numbers in Game 5 of the first-round series with the Denver Nuggets, according to stats.

The four-time NBA champion logged 30 points, nine rebounds, 11 assists, and four steals, but the Lakers still fell 108-106 and got eliminated from the playoffs on Monday.

LeBron James recorded the best NBA playoff performance by a 39-year-old in the Los Angeles Lakers' Game 5 loss to the Denver Nuggets, per the game score metric
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LeBron James recorded the best NBA playoff performance by a 39-year-old in the Los Angeles Lakers’ Game 5 loss to the Denver Nuggets, per the game score metricCredit: Getty

The metric takes into consideration the entire modern box score to roughly assess a player's contribution in a game
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The metric takes into consideration the entire modern box score to roughly assess a player’s contribution in a gameCredit: Getty

James logged 30 points, 9 rebounds, 11 assists, and 4 steals in Game 5
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James logged 30 points, 9 rebounds, 11 assists, and 4 steals in Game 5Credit: Getty

LeBron recently said he's been thinking about retiring from the NBA
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LeBron recently said he’s been thinking about retiring from the NBACredit: Getty
James, 39, had a particularly efficient night, shooting 52.4% from the field and 42.9% for 3.

The 6-foot-9 forward also turned the ball over only once.

All in all, the 20-time All-Star registered the best playoff performance ever by a 39-year-old player, per the game score measure.

The metric, developed by The Athletic columnist and ex-Memphis Grizzlies executive John Hollinger, gives a rough estimation of a player’s contribution in a game.

It takes into consideration the entire modern box score, including personal fouls and turnovers, with the point value carrying the most weight.

A game score of 10 is considered an average performance while 40 is deemed an outstanding display.

James scored 31.1 in Game 5 against the Nuggets, per Stathead.

His game score ranked ahead of Reggie Miller’s 29.9 from the 2005 playoffs and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 29.5 from the 1986 postseason among players aged 39 or older.

LeBron also cracked the top 10 with his performances in Game 2 (26.5) and Game 3 (23.0) of the first-round series.

Still, the Lakers star recently said he’s been thinking about putting an end to his illustrious career.

“I got a family,” James told ESPN recently.

“I got a 9-year-old daughter. I got a son that’s in college, that’s deciding if he’s going to go to college or go pro.

“I got a son that’s about to be a senior in high school. I’ve missed a lot of family time and they’ve allowed me to do that and never put no pressure on me.

“That s**t is important too. What more [is left]?


“I’ve done everything I can do. There’s nothing I haven’t accomplished in this league that I’ve wanted to accomplish.

“So like at some point you got to [hang it up].”

After the Game 5 loss, James refused to say whether he had any thought that he might have played his last game for the Lakers.

“Uhhh, I’m not gonna answer that. Appreciate it,” LeBron said.

James later published a statement, saying he didn’t know what lay ahead and that he would make a decision only after consulting his family and entourage.

The NBA star can hit free agency this summer if he declines his $51.4 million player option for 2024-25.

Los Angeles is headed for major changes one way or another with the franchise firing head coach Darvin Ham on Friday.