CLEVELAND: For 15 seasons, LeBron James has wowed fans with athletic feats many might not have thought possible when he was drafted in 2003.

At age 33, James’ wonders never cease.

He became the 11th player in NBA history and the first frontcourt player to reach 8,000 assists during the Cavs’ 129-123 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena. The assist total made him the first player in history to reach that number along with 30,000 points and 8,000 rebounds.

With 31 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, James also posted a triple-double average for February. It is the first time in James’ career he achieved the feat in a calendar month.

Averaging 26.6 points, 10.3 rebounds and 10.4 assists for the month entering the night, James needed seven rebounds, six assists and no points to achieve the monthly milestone. The four-time league MVP reached it before the third quarter ended, and not long after was elbowed in the face by the Nets’ Dante Cunningham.

James did not have to leave the game, scoring the Cavs’ next basket on an assist from Kyle Korver.

At shootaround, James did not hesitate to discuss what the achievement would mean.

“To know the history of the game and seeing the guys that put up triple-doubles on a regular [basis] — from Jason Kidd to Magic Johnson to Oscar Robertson to Russell Westbrook, you can throw my name in there as well. To do it on a regular [basis], it’s a very difficult task because you have so much responsibility offensively, defensively, defensive rebound, to assist, get guys involved to be able to put numbers on the board as well.

“It’s very difficult, very challenging and it takes a lot of energy. It takes a lot of energy. But if you’re built for it, you’re built for it.”

Other than James’ triple-double month, the game’s significance centered on enhancing the Nets’ unprotected first-round pick the Cavs hold in the 2018 draft. The Nets (20-42) improved the Cavs’ odds with an eight-game losing streak in February, snapping it with a home victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday.

But on the second night of a back-to-back, the Nets were a determined group. The Cavs’ largest lead was eight points, the Nets’ nine.

Jordan Clarkson put the Cavs ahead 120-119 with a 3-pointer with 1:04 remaining, but Allen Crabbe countered with a jumper with 56.2 seconds to go to put the Nets ahead 121-120.

Rodney Hood hit a 13-foot floater and was fouled, converting the and-one for a 123-121 Cavs edge with 40.2 seconds remaining. DeAngelo Russell missed a desperation shot from the corner for the Nets and Larry Nance Jr. rebounded, with Spencer Dinwiddie fouling James. James made both for a 125-121 lead with 16.9 seconds to go.

After a Dinwiddie dunk, the Nets quickly fouled George Hill with 13 seconds left and Hill made both for a four-point lead. Another Russell miss was rebounded by Nance with 2.7 seconds to go and Nance converted both free throws.

The Nets lost for the 10th consecutive time at Quicken Loans Arena, their longest such losing streak against an Eastern Conference foe.

The Cavs were without forward Jeff Green, sidelined with lower back soreness. Averaging 10.6 points and 3.3 rebounds in 22.1 minutes, Green missed his first game of the season.

The Cavs improved to 5-2 since transforming the roster at the trade deadline, 4-2 with the four new players acquired on the court.

One of them, point guard Hill, atoned for a 1-for-7 shooting night against the San Antonio Spurs by scoring a season-high 26 points. He made 9-of-17 from the field, 3-of-4 from long range.

Hood also came alive in the fourth quarter and finished with 14 points.

Korver also reached double figures for the first time in six games with 18 points. Korver went 4-for-7 from long range, 4-for-6 beyond the arc in his 12-point second quarter. His last time in double-digits was Feb. 9, when he poured in 30 points at the Atlanta Hawks.

The Cavs were on the wrong end of a free-throw disparity for the second consecutive game, but this time the problem was of their own doing.

The Nets made 23-of-30 from the line to the Cavs’ 17-of-27. The Cavs didn’t attempt a free-throw in the first quarter for the second time in three quarters, going back to Sunday’s Spurs’ game. In their first 58 games this season, they totaled only four quarters without a free-throw attempt, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

When he spoke Tuesday morning, James knew the triple-double month wasn’t his feat alone.

“My teammates are making shots and I couldn’t do that without them,” he said. “I just try to put the ball on time and on target If it’s a cross-court pass to a shooter or an outlet pass to a streaking runner or a lob to one of my bigs. Rebounding for me … I’m not a big box-out guy, I’ve always kind of used my instincts and seeing the ball if it’s coming off the rim, how it’s coming off the backboard or off the guy’s hands and just try to use my athleticism to get the rebounds.

“The scoring part is something I’ve kind of … if I can get two layups a quarter or three layups a quarter then I’m going to get over 10 points a game. Scoring has always been last for me, I’ve never looked at myself as a scorer.”

Marla Ridenour can be reached at mridenour@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Cavs blog at www.ohio.com/cavs. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MRidenourABJ.