Notes, quotes and observations after the Cavs escaped with a 129-123 victory over the Brooklyn Nets Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

1. The milestones reached by LeBron James on Tuesday may not help him outpoint favorite James Harden to win the 2018 NBA MVP award, which would be the fifth for James and his first since 2013. James’ uninspired performance during the six weeks before the trade deadline will be hard for national media members to overlook, even if it was meant to send a message to the front office that roster changes were necessary.

2. But it seemed totally appropriate that it was a connection between Akron natives -- perhaps someday they might call it a 330 Special -- that provided the final piece as James made history.

3. With his 11th and final assist on Larry Nance Jr.’s game-tying 15-footer with 1:32 remaining, James reached 8,000 for his career. That made James the first player in NBA history to total 30,000 points, 8,000 rebounds and 8,000 assists.

4. Nance, 25, went to Revere High School, James, 33, to St. Vincent-St. Mary.

5. Nance sounded more excited than James about the feat, maybe because he wouldn’t have been on the court with James if not for a Feb. 8 trade by the Los Angeles Lakers.

6. “It’s unbelievable. If that ever gets done again I’ll be shocked,” Nance said. “We’re in the presence of something special right now and it’s an incredible accomplishment, so congrats to him, obviously.”

7. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue was just as blown away.

8. “Wow. Helluva achievement,” said Lue, who totaled 4,710 points, 943 rebounds and 1,727 assists in his 11-year career. “Especially coming into the league he’s a pass-first guy. Unselfish. To score 30,000 points in elite company, but, to do all the other things he does shows he’s a complete all-around player and probably one of the best our game has seen as far as all-around passing, dribbling, powerful, shooting the basketball, scoring. Just a great player.”

9. Ex-Laker guard Jordan Clarkson, 25, praised James as well.

10. “He great. Nothing like we ain’t seen before,” Clarkson said. “Us young guys, growing up, we just seen him since he was in high school and he was on TV ever since then. Just being able to play here and have an opportunity to see in action how great he is, it’s dope, too. That’s a great accomplishment.”

11. James cherished the feat most because it sets him apart, but also because of how it defines him as a player.

12. With the long list of so many great players that have come through this league, in the history of this league, for me to be the only (person) in a category, I think it’s pretty cool,” James said. “I take pride in my game. I’ve always taken pride in being a triple threat since I started playing basketball and I never wanted to be labeled as a scorer. I always wanted to be labeled as just an all-around basketball player. I get gratification out of the assist more than anything because to get my guys great looks or they’re knocking down shots, that means a lot to me.”

13. But that wasn’t James only brush with history on the night.

14. With 31 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, James averaged a triple-double (27 points, 10.5 rebounds and 10.5 assists) in February, the first time he’s done that in any month in his 15-year career.

15. “I would say for me individually it was a pretty good month,” James said.

16. Asked about James’ February, Lue said, “He gets better with time. He’s had a great month. He’s really done a good job of carrying the team. We were going through a tough stretch and he stepped up. He really put this team on his back and his shoulders and especially with these new guys, he’s showing them the way. I think he’s showing those guys a lot of confidence and giving those guys a lot of confidence by talking to them. It’s good for our young team going forward.”

17. James also scored at least 20 points in his 926th regular-season game, tying Michael Jordan for fourth on the NBA career list of 20-point performances.

18. If that wasn’t enough, James became the 11th player in history to reach 8,000 assists and the first frontcourt player to do so.

19. James turned in his 12th triple-double of the season (one away from his season-high of 13 in 2016-17) and the 67th of his career, sixth all-time and second among active players behind Russell Westbrook.

20. James also became the fourth player to average a triple-double in a calendar month with at least five games played, joining Oscar Robertson, Wilt Chamberlain and Westbrook, according to ESPN Stats & Info. James is the oldest of that group at 33 years, 59 days.

21. But while the achievements pile up, James seems focused on acclimating the four Cavs acquired at the trade deadline and molding a championship-caliber team. They’ve been on the court together for six games and have gone 4-2.

22. Clarkson and the other three showed up in the Cavs locker room on Feb. 9 in Atlanta, but didn’t play that night. Asked what he’s learned about James since, Clarkson said, “He cool. Talking to everybody and he’s open. That’s definitely cool to have in a superstar player and leader of the team.”

23. With just 22 regular-season games remaining, the focus is on the newcomers. And all made huge plays in the final 1:32 to help the Cavs pull out the victory.

24. The first was Nance, whose 15-footer tied the game at 117.

25. “Everybody else may have been, but I wasn’t shocked when it went in,” Nance said. “That’s a shot that I see go in hundreds of times a day. I work on that, 3s, the whole gamut of the offensive game. … Felt comfortable shooting it, too.”

26. Nance also rebounded DeAngelo Russell’s off-balance corner 3-point attempt with 20.5 seconds left and hit two free throws with 2.7 seconds to go. Nance finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and a blocked shot in 26 minutes.

27. Next was Clarkson, whose 3-point with 1:04 remaining gave the Cavs a 120-119 lead. Clarkson scored 14 points with three rebounds, three assists and a steal in 21 minutes.

28. “Clarkson, he just plays,” Lue said. “He probably thought it was the first quarter. He’s just ready to play. He just lives in the moment and he makes big shots. It was a big shot he made tonight.”

29. Rodney Hood may have provided the dagger with 40.2 seconds left with an and-one for a 123-121 lead. He hit a 13-foot pull-up jumper and was fouled by Jarrett Allen.

30. “He cut me off, stepped back, shot I shoot all the time, I work on all the time,” Hood said.

31. Playing 31 minutes, Hood scored 11 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, when he hit 5 of 8 field goals.

32. “Yeah, that’s Rodney. He’s like the silent assassin,” said point guard George Hill, who played with Hood in Utah last season. “Don’t say much, just lets his game speak for itself. He’s trying to find his way just like all of us and you will see him starting to open up more once he gets his rhythm down.”

33. Nance said he was trying to blow up Hood’s man on screens to help him score in the final quarter.

34. “When I was running up setting a screen I was really trying to pick his man and make sure he would have a big man going downhill,” Nance said. “We’ve got dynamic guards -- Rodney, J.R., J.C., George, all of our guards, any time they get switched with a big we’ll take that.”

35. Hood said he talked to Lue after Sunday’s home loss to San Antonio and the coach told him he needed to be more aggressive and score more. Hood tried to remind himself of that throughout the game.

36. “Finding opportunities. I just can’t wait for play calls, I’ve just got to go out there and let my presence take over and be aggressive,” Hood said. “Whenever I touch the ball, I’ve got to try to make plays for myself and others. Tonight was just me getting in a groove with that. As I go along I’ll be more and more aggressive.”

37. Hill not only recorded his best game as a Cav, but the ex-Sacramento King notched his best of the season with 26 points, five assists, three rebounds and three steals and just one turnover in 37 minutes. He hit two free throws with 13 seconds remaining to put the Cavs up by four.

38. Asked what it felt for the new four to play such a big role in the outcome, Hill said, “No one is here to take credit. We’re here to try to win games and play together and have fun out there. Just to be out there and in that stretch at the end just shows that coach has faith in us. We have to continue to get better and focus on trying to win games.”

39. Lue explained why he had the new four on the court with James down the stretch.

40. “I just want to see what I’m working with. I really don’t know the guys that well,” Lue said. “Just want to see in big moments, pressure situations, how they perform. They performed well and they’ve been performing well. And with J.R. (Smith) and Tristan (Thompson), Tristan had 13 rebounds tonight, they sit for so long and then you try to bring them back at the five-minute mark of a close game, it’s just too tough to ask those guys to perform and produce. So we rode it out, those guys came up big for us.”

41. Nance agreed that the four making clutch plays at the end should be a huge boost going forward.

42. “Absolutely. Major confidence with that,” Nance said. “Huge confidence that coach Lue had in us to do that, big confidence in each other to trust each other defensively and offensively. It was really fun and good to see. I think this game will help our growth and trust a lot.”

43. The Cavs were without Jeff Green, who missed his first game of the season with lower back soreness. Lue changed the Cavs’ defense, switching 1 through 5 instead of the usual 1 through 4, as the Nets shot 54 percent from the field.

44. Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said Nance made the jumper they wanted him to shoot, that Allen did a great job on his closeout on Hood, but Hood made “a heckuva shot.” Atkinson did wish Allen hadn’t fouled Hood, but chalked it up to learning.

45. But Atkinson knows what’s going on in Cleveland and he’s impressed.

46. “Listen, Tyronn is a heck of a coach and I have a ton of respect for what he’s done here,” Atkinson said. “I’ve always wanted to say that because I really enjoy watching him coach. You learn a lot coaching against them and they’re a heck of a team.”