Los Angeles Lakers fans got their first real look at Playoff LeBron James on Saturday. As it turns out, they also witnessed a major milestone for the superstar.
With the Lakers win over the Portland Trail Blazers, LeBron passed Spurs legend Tim Duncan for second place in the NBA’s all-time playoff wins list at 158 for his career. He is now just three shy of matching former Lakers point guard Derek Fisher who leads the list at 161 wins.
After the game, James was asked about this latest accomplishment and had nothing but praise for Duncan, a long-time LeBron and Lakers rival:
That wasn’t the only milestone for LeBron in game three as he also surpassed Klay Thompson, at least momentarily, in the playoff 3-pointers made standings. James is just 10 behind former teammate Ray Allen although several current players, including Thompson could eventually surpass him.
LeBron finished game three with 38 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists in the 116 to 108 win over Portland. He struggled with turnovers and his free throw shooting but ultimately showed that the Trail Blazers have no real option to guard him. James had been more passive in games one and two (although he did set a record in game one as well) but in game three, he put his foot on the gas and set the tone for the Lakers all game.