LeBron James' historic triple-double is just that. History.
The NBA on Friday took away one of James' 10 rebounds in Wednesday's 107-102 win over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. That left him one rebound shy of making him the first player to score at least 50 points while registering a triple-double since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did it in 1975.
James, who had 52 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in his postgame statline, was incorrectly given a rebound with 39.3 seconds left. As he appeared to be falling out of bounds, Ben Wallace tapped the rebound to James, who was credited with his ninth rebound of the night, putting the feat of a triple-double within sight. The NBA, however, ruled that Wallace controlled the rebound and passed it to James, meaning that Wallace should have been awarded his second rebound of the game.
In its release explaining the statistical correction, the NBA said it reviews all games to make sure the stats are accurate.
Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni threw out one of his typical funny lines when asked about the NBA's ruling.
"I was looking for the 10 points," D'Antoni said, drawing laughter. "Rebounding doesn't really help us a lot."