LeBron James sets Cleveland Cavaliers franchise record for appearances

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LeBron James has achieved almost everything in the game during his 14 years in the league.

Now in his 15th season, the King has added another milestone to his growing collection.

In the Cleveland Cavaliers' shock 112-107 loss to the Brooklyn Nets last night, he set a franchise record for games played. His 772nd outing for the Cavs saw him pass Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

It has taken him two stints with his hometown team to achieve the mark but the circumstances in which it came were not ideal for James.

Cleveland's second loss of the campaign meant LeBron was in no mood to celebrate his accomplishment.

"Woooo! It's the greatest thing ever," James said sarcastically following the loss.

"What does it mean? I'm available to my team. I'm available to my teammates mostly every night. Every night I'm linked to 'Big Z,' a really good friend of mine. It's pretty cool."

As well as his record-setting appearance, the four-time MVP also posted his first triple-double of the year with 29 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds playing at the point guard position for the second straight game.

On the downside, he coughed up eight turnovers and head coach Tyronn Lue acknowledges that he's putting too much pressure on his superstar due to injuries.

"It's a lot of pressure to put on LeBron to have to handle the ball for 40 minutes," Lue said. "That's why I talk about playing the point guard position, it can wear you down. Unfortunately, that's all we have right now until D-Rose gets back.

"Missing D-Rose, D-Wade, a guy who can handle the basketball, we kind of was put in the same position we've been in the last couple years."

Cleveland Cavaliers v Brooklyn Nets

Defeats to the Orlando Magic and now Brooklyn has provided the Cavaliers with early cause for concern.

Both teams hit 17 three-pointers in their wins and the Chicago Bulls also reached that figure as the Wine and Gold had to rally from 14 points down to come away with a win on Tuesday.

The team's inability to defend the perimeter has become increasingly frustrating for Lue.

"These guys are NBA players," Lue said. "If we don't contest shots and get out to the three-point line, they're going to continue to make them.

Cleveland Cavaliers v Brooklyn Nets

"We come into the game, we told them they're second in the league in attempts and they're getting them up. We're running around here worrying about getting the Brooklyn pick; they might want our pick."

He was, of course, referencing the Nets' 2018 first-round pick the Cavs acquired from the Boston Celtics in the trade for Kyrie Irving.

Every win Brooklyn notches this season weakens the value of that pick and their 3-2 start to the campaign shows they are willing to be competitive and it could hurt Cleveland's future aspirations.

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